There are various Coptic dialects; the first and oldest being the Upper Egyptian dialect known as Sahidic. It was this dialect that the Biblical texts were translated to in the 3rd century, and early Egyptian monastic texts and Coptic martyrologies were first composed. This unit will study vocabulary and grammar of Sahidic Coptic, as well as explore some of the various sources of Sahidic.

Unit Code: AL8300A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Recognise and memorise foundational Sahidic Coptic vocabulary


Read Coptic script and phonetic structure


Identify Coptic grammatical structures at an elementary level


Compare the differences between Bohairic and Sahidic dialects within the same text


Integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in reading and/or writing simple Coptic texts


Explore relevant grammatical and lexical reference tools


Lectures, seminars and tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

8 short reading and written exercises (Equivalent to 2000 words)

0 40.0
Written Examination

Invigilated Exam 2 hours

0 30.0
Written Examination

Invigilated Exam 2 hours

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-01-31 10:08:57 +1100