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Northwest Semitic Epigraphy


Admission requirements

None. But previous training in Hebrew, Aramaic or another Northwest Semitic language will be helpful.


In this course students will learn to read Ugaritic texts. After a brief introduction to the grammar of Ugaritic, additional linguistic skill will be developed through reading texts initially in transcription and later from photographs.

Course objectives

Studwents will learn Ugaritic grammar and get a grounding in the city’s material culture, history and literary production.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

In addition to the regular seminars there will be 5 tutorials during which we will investigate topics that have arisen in the main seminar sessions in more depth.

Assessment method


  1. Participation
  2. Handcopy of a selected ugaritic tablet
  3. presentation
  4. 4,000 word essay


  1. Participation: 10%
  2. Handcopy of a selected ugaritic tablet: 10%
  3. Presentation: 20%
  4. 4,000 word essay: 60%

The final mark for the course will be determined by using the weighted average of these marks.


Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consultation with the teacher.

Inspection and feedback

Essay feedback tutorials will be offered (students who would like one, should request it from the the lecturer).

Reading list

Further literature will be shared in class.


Enrolment through My Studymap (Login | Universiteit Leiden) is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

NB: First year students will be enrolled by the coordinator of studies. All other students need to contact the coordinator of studies to be enrolled for this course.

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