Introduction
to Sahidic Coptic

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About the course

The course Introduction to Sahidic Coptic aims to make available to beginners the essential elements of morphology and grammar, in order to be able to read ancient texts in the main classical dialect of the Coptic language.

No prior knowledge is necessary, but knowledge of ancient Greek may be helpful. Each day, students will have 4 hours of grammar instruction, including exercises, to develop a sufficient grammatical and vocabulary base to translate biblical passages or to begin studying texts in other Coptic dialects, and there is also space for individual study.

The reference textbook will be B. Layton, Coptic in 20 Lessons, Peeters, Leuven-Paris-Dudley 2007, but it is not required for the lessons. Additional materials will be distributed during class.


Bibliography

Course Manual:

B. Layton, Coptic in 20 Lessons, Peeters, Leuven-Paris-Dudley 2007.

References also to:

B. Layton, A Coptic Grammar, Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden 2011.

T. O. Lambdin, Introduction to Sahidic Coptic, Mercer University Press, Macon (GA) 1983.


Conferences

Attendance to the programme of conferences, open to public participation and given in English by specialists of Coptic literature, is an integral part of the Coptic Summer School Programme.

Schedule First Week 4-9 July 2022

Monday 4 July 2022

10-11 Arrival registration

11-12 Welcome and Opening Session | Coptic Summer School Staff

12-13 Class

15-17 Class


Tuesday 5 July 2022

Full day Study Excursion

18-19:30 The mystery of God and the human being. Rethinking Gnosis and Gnosticism in the light of recent discoveries and new patterns in research (Public conference) | Eric Noffke, Facoltà Valdese di Teologia di Roma


Wednesday 6 july 2022

9-11 Class

15-17 Class


Thursday 7 july 2022

9-11 Class

15-17 Class

18-19:30 An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature (Public conference) | Paola Buzi, Università degli Studi "La Sapienza" di Roma


Friday 8 July 2022

9-11 Class

15-17 Class


Saturday 9 July 2022

9-11 Class

Free time in the afternoon


Sunday 10 July 2022

Full day free time

Schedule Second Week 11-15 July 2022

Monday 11 July 2022

9-11 Class

15-17 Class


Tuesday 12 July 2022

9-11 Class

15-17 Class

18-19:30 Rituality in Valentinian Groups: from Cosmology to Anthropology (Public conference) | Anna Van den Kerchove, Institut Protestant de Théologie de Paris


Wednesday 13 july 2022

9-11 Class

15-17 Class


Thursday 14 july 2022

9-11 Class

15-17 Class

18-19:30 Religious pluralism and the origins of Coptic literature (Public conference) | Alberto Camplani, Università degli Studi "La Sapienza" di Roma


Friday 15 July 2022

9-12 Class

12-13 Course collective evaluation | Participants and Staff

13 Conclusion of Summer School

Instructor

Vittorio Secco

Vittorio Secco (1992) obtained at the University of Genoa a Bachelor's degree in History (2014), a Master's degree in Classical Philology (2016), and a Master's degree in Theoretical Philosophy (2018); after a period of study at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin, he obtained in Rome, at the Waldensian Faculty of Theology, a Bachelor's degree in Protestant Theology (2021). Since 2019 he has been a member of the Coptic Studies Group at the Waldensian Faculty of Theology. His interests range from biblical exegesis to the study of textual transmission in ancient versions of the Bible, with particular reference to Coptic translations.