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Northwest Semitic Epigraphy


Admission requirements

None. But previous training in Hebrew, Aramaic or another Northwest Semitic language will be helpful.


In this course students will learn to read Ugaritic texts. After a brief introduction to the grammar of Ugaritic, additional linguistic skills will be developed through reading texts initially in transcription and later from photographs.

Course objectives

Students will learn Ugaritic grammar and get a grounding in the city’s material culture, history and literary production.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

10% participation
10% for a handcopy of a selected Ugaritic tablet
20% for a presentation
60% a 2,500 word essay

The final mark for the course will be determined by using the weighted average of these two marks.

Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consultation with the teacher.

Essay feedback tutorials will be offered (students who would like one, should request it from the the lecturer)

Reading list

Further literature will be shared in class.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Vrieshof