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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. Usually a variety of first millennium BCE Aramaic is selected.

Course objectives

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

This research seminar contributes to the achievement of learning outcomes 4a and 4c (to give and write a clear and well-argued oral and written presentation on a research topic in accordance with academic standards) of the study programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations.


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.

Inspection and feedback

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.


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


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

  • Attendance of the course meetings is mandatory.