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Klassiek Armeens


Admission requirements


Armenian is an Indo-European language. At present, Armenian is spoken in the Republic of Armenia (ca. 3 million people) and by the diaspora community (ca. 7 million people). Classical Armenian or Grabar is known since the fifth century AD. The fifth century is regarded as the golden age of Armenian literature. The Armenian alphabet was invented by Mesrop Maštocʻ and consists of 36 original letters. In this course, we will be treating the grammar of Classical Armenian (with some elements of its historical development) and reading excerpts from the oldest texts – from the Bible translation, and from two original texts, by Eznik and Koriwn. The texts will be read in the original script.

Course objectives

At the end of the course the students will know the essentials of Classical Armenian grammar and will be able to read Classical Armenian texts with the help of a dictionary.


The timetable will be available by June 1st at the website of Linguistics

Mode of instruction


Course Load

A brief calculation of the course load, broken down by:

  • Total course load for the course (number of EC x 28 hours), for a course of 5 EC is 140 hours, for 10 EC 280.

  • Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars (eg 2 hours per week x 14 weeks = 28 hours)

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature (as a possible criterion approx. 7 pages per hour with deviations up and down depending on the material to be studied) (if applicable) time for completing assignments, whether in preparation at the college

  • (If applicable) time to write a paper (including reading / research)

5 EC = 140 uur, waarvan 28 college, 70 uur voorbereiden college, 42 uur voorbereiden tentamen.
Geen tussentijdse toets, schriftelijk eindtentamen

Assessment method

Written examination with open questions



Reading list

A. Meillet, Altarmenisches Elementarbuch, Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 1913 (
For the elements of historical development of the grammar, the following book should be consulted: R. Schmitt, Grammatik des Klassisch Armenischen mit sprachvergleichenden Erläuterungen. Innsbruck: Institut für Sprachwissenschaft der Universität Innsbruck, 1981.
The reading excerpts and supplementary literature will be distributed during the course.


Students are requested to register for the course and the examination through uSis

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