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Cultural History of Aramaic


Admission requirements

Knowledge of Biblical Aramaic and/or Targumic Aramaic.


This course encompasses the study of literary, epigraphical and archaeological sources for the cultural history of communities writing in Aramaic. The precise topic varies from year to year. In 2018-2019 the subject of this course will be Aramaic texts in Official Aramaic. We will read Aramaic texts from the 10th – 4th centuries BCE. The texts will be of a very diverse nature, such as documentary texts from 5th century BCE Egypt and satrapal letters from 4th century Afghanistan.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with the most important first millennium variety of Aramaic and will be capable to study independently documents written in this variety.
The course will also contribute to the improvement of the presentation and writing skills of the students.


Please consult the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture;

  • Seminar.

Course Load

Total course load 10 ec x 28 hours = 280 hours:

  • 28 hours in class;

  • 78 hours of class preparation;

  • 54 hours for the preparation of the oral presentation;

  • 120 hours for the writing of the paper.

Assessment method

Assessment and grading method (in percentages):

  • Class preparation and oral presentation (40%);

  • Paper (60%).


The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


In case of an insufficient, the student will have the opportunity to give another oral presentation and/or review his/her paper.

Exam review

Students will be invited to discuss the paper and their other results for the seminar (class preparation and oral presentation) individually with the teacher, as soon as the results have been published.


Not applicable. Documents will be exchanged through Dropbox.

Reading list

The reading list will be handed out during the first class.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about registration in uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Exchange and Study Abroad students: please see the Study Abroad/Exchange website for information on how to register.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs.


  • The course will be taught in Dutch or English, depending on the first language of participating students;

  • Attendance of the course meetings is mandatory.


Mw. Dr. M.L. (Margaretha) Folmer