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Sanskrit 2


Admission requirements

Having successfully finished 5481K1SA Sanskrit 1 or, for students of the BA Taalwetenschap specialisatie VIET, 5512V2038 Vedisch Sanskrit. Please, contact the Coordinator of Studies if you are interested in taking this course, but do NOT fulfill the abovementioned requirement.


In this course we read two pieces of Sanskrit literature for beginners:

  • The first chapters of the story of Nala and Damayantī from the Sanskrit epic, the Mahābhārata.

  • A selection of fables from the Sanskrit fable collection, the Hitopadeśa.

The course presupposes basic knowledge of Sanskrit grammar. Primary objective of the class is to practice reading original Sanskrit texts, to build and expand the student’s knowledge of Sanskrit vocabulary, and to deepen the comprehension of Sanskrit grammar and syntax in general. Both texts are read in the Devanāgarī script. The texts are read from Lanman’s Sanskrit Reader. This comes with a handy Sanskrit-English vocabulary and notes to the selected texts. There are two two-hourly classes each week. The course requires active preparation and participation. Attendance of the classes is compulsory. In addition there is a one hour response meeting every two weeks.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of grammar of classical Sanskrit

  • Building up of basic vocabulary of Sanskrit

  • Knowledge of and ability to read Devanāgarī script

  • Ability to translate simple narrative texts from Sanskrit into English


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and participation are obligatory. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the conveners and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Assessment method


2 written examinations.


2 written examinations (w), covering respectively the story of Nala and Damayantī and the Hito-padeśa: 1) at the end of the first block (50%) 2) at the end of the second block (50%)


In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher. The individual exams cannot be retaken. There is one opportunity for a re-sit of the entire course (100%).

The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.

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

  • Charles Rockwell Lanman, A Sanskrit Reader. Text and Vocabulary and Notes, Cambridge, MS: Harvard University Press, 1884. (various reprints)

  • A.M. Ruppel, The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

  • William Dwight Whitney, Sanskrit Grammar. Including both the classical language and the older dialects of Veda and Brāhmaṇa, Fifth Edition. Leipzig, 1924. (various reprints


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

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