L-OR/07 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

1) Knowledge of the most important issues related to the topic “Middle Aramaic”; 2) knowledge and comprehension of cultural phenomena related to Northern Mesopotamia in Late Antiquity (1st-7th cent. AD); 3) development of advanced reading and interpretative skills of poetic texts in Syriac in both synchronic and diachronic perspectives. (Dublin Descriptors 1, 2, 3).

Course Structure

Class lectures

Lessons will be taught in English

Detailed Course Content

1) Edessa (1 ECTS): Syriac in Late-Antique Aramaic continuum.

2) The Hymn of the Pearl (5 ECTS).

Textbook Information

- D. King (ed.), The Syriac World (Routledge: London-New York, 2019), pp. XXVII-XXXIII, 11-43, 47-67, 205-221.

- A. Rigolio, ‘Syriac’, in J.B. Lande & D. Feeney (eds), How Literatures Begin: A Global History (Princeton University Press: Princeton-Oxford, 2021), pp. 167-190.

- A.F.J. Klijn, ‘The So-Called Hymn of the Pearl (Acts of Thomas ch. 108-113)’, «Vigiliae Christianae» 14 (1960), pp. 154-164.

- E. Preuschen, Zwei Gnostische Hymnen (J. Ricker’sche: Giessen, 1904), pp. 18-27.

- K. Beyer, ‘Das syrische Perlenlied: ein Erlösungsmythos als Märchengedicht’, «Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft» 140 (1990), pp. 234-259.

- T. Muraoka, Classical Syriac (Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden, 2005).


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