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Reading Vedic texts


Admission requirements

Demonstrable knowledge of Sanskrit grammar, both synchronic and historical, as shown by successfully completing the two Sanskrit courses in the first semester: “Vedic Sanskrit” and “Historical Grammar of Sanskrit”.


In this course, we will read selected hymns from the Rigveda, the oldest stage of Sanskrit. The hymns will be read in transcription with a translation. We will pay special attention to interpreting the difficult content of the hymns, and further focus on the analysis of the metre, the sandhi, and the grammar.

Course objectives

  • Apply and practise previously acquired knowledge of Sanskrit synchronic and diachronic grammar

  • Analyse Rigvedic metre and make metrical restorations of the text

  • Analyse Rigvedic sandhi

  • Analyse Rigvedic morphology and syntax with the help of a translation


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Mode of instruction


Assessment method

A mid-term and a final written examination


The mid-term exams counts for 20% and the final exam counts for 80% of the final mark


There is one resit option for 100% of the final mark.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

  • A.A. Macdonell. 1917. A Vedic reader for students. Oxford University. (any of the many available reprints may be used)

  • A.A. Macdonell. 1916. A Vedic grammar for students. Oxford University. (any of the many available reprints may be used)


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