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Reading Vedic texts


Admission requirements

One year of Sanskrit.


During the course we will be reading the hymns from the Rigveda using the book by A.A. Macdonell, A Vedic reader for students (Oxford UP, many reprints).

Course objectives

  • deeper knowledge of Vedic grammar and its Indo-European origins

  • ability to read hymns from the Rigveda with the help of a dictionary

  • knowledge of the Vedic metre and how to use it for Indo-European reconstruction


Linguistics (BA)

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours= 140 hours

  • Lectures: 26

  • Assignment(s): 90 (weekly preparation of texts)

  • Preparation exam: 22

  • Exam(s): 2

Assessment method


Written examination



Exam review

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.


Blackboard will be used for:

additional exercises

Reading list

We will use the following two books:

  • A.A. Macdonell, A Vedic reader for students (Oxford UP, any reprint)

  • A.A. Macdonell, A Vedic grammar for students (Oxford UP, any reprint)

The former contains the texts, comments and a small dictionary. The latter is a reference grammar.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website

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A. Lubotsky

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

E-mail address Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies