Rome, 4-15 july 2022

Studying Coptic language in Rome

The Waldensian Faculty of Theology is situated in the very heart of Rome and is the oldest institute in Italy for university studies in evangelical theology (since 1855). A Coptic Studies Working Group is active at the Faculty, aimed at spreading knowledge of Coptic language and ancient literary sources. The Faculty is a place of meeting and ecumenical dialogue, for all students interested in biblical and theological sciences.

Summer School Courses

The programme of the Coptic Summer School is designed to provide qualified students, scholars and people passionate about ancient religious history with a well-founded understanding of Coptic language (mainly the Sahidic variety) through an introduction to Coptic grammar or a careful reading of some selected literary sources.

Two academic programs (duration of each course: 2 weeks) are offered to students.

The first course Introduction to Sahidic Coptic is designed to cover all of the basic elements of Sahidic Coptic grammar, and to build a basic vocabulary.

The sequel course Reading Coptic Texts involves actually reading and exploring a selection of Coptic works, ranging from Nag Hammadi Library to Manichaean and ancient hagiographical texts.


The Coptic Summer School program also offers a variety of lectures by specialists in different fields of Coptic Literature and related ancient religions: these events are an integral part of the Coptic Summer School program and they are open, as free conferences, to a wider audience.

5 July 2022

6:00 PM CET

Live in Rome + Online

Eric Noffke

Facoltà Valdese di Teologia, Rome

The mystery of God and the human being. Rethinking Gnosis and Gnosticism in the light of recent discoveries and new patterns in research

7 July 2022

6:00 PM CET

Live in Rome + Online

Paola Buzi

Università degli Studi "La Sapienza", Rome

An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature

12 July 2022

6:00 PM CET

Live in Rome + Online

Anna Van den Kerchove

Institut Protestant de Théologie, Paris

Rituality in Valentinian Groups: from Cosmology to Anthropology

14 July 2022

6:00 PM CET

Online Only

Alberto Camplani

Università degli Studi "La Sapienza", Rome

Religious pluralism and the origins of Coptic literature

The conferences will be held in the Lecture Hall of the Waldensian Faculty of Theology, via Pietro Cossa 42, 00193 Rome, Italy

They can also be attended online via Facebook, at the address:

Relevant Information

The 2-week Summer School session will begin on Monday July 4, 2022 and conclude on Friday July 15, 2022. Participants must plan to arrive in Rome by morning on Monday July 4 for an orientation meeting at late morning and depart Rome no earlier than midday of Friday, July 15, 2022.

A final certificate will be issued to students. The certificate grants 6 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) and recognizes 150 hours of didactic activity.

No official accommodation service is provided by the Coptic Summer School.

For further information please read the 2022 Coptic Summer School Guidelines (pdf).

Info contact:

Useful documents

2022 Coptic Summer School in Rome

Introduction to Sahidic Coptic

Reading Coptic Texts

Waldensian Faculty of Theology

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