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Introduction to Classical Ethiopic (BA)


Admission requirements

Regular BA requirements.


In this course, the grammar of Classical Ethiopic (Ge‘ez) will be discussed and compared to that of other Semitic languages and their reconstructed ancestor, Proto-Semitic. Students will gain a working knowledge of the language by reading and analyzing original texts. The cultural and historical context of the Classical Ethiopic language and its literature will also be discussed.

Course objectives

Students who have taken this course will be able to:

  • read a Classical Ethiopic text using a dictionary and grammar;

  • recognize and discuss typical features of Classical Ethiopic grammar;

  • place Classical Ethiopic texts in their context.


Please consult the timetable here.

Mode of instruction Seminar

Course load

5 EC, divided into:
Lectures: 28 hrs
Preparing for lectures: 50 hrs
Weekly assignments: 20 hrs
Preparing for mid-term: 20 hrs
Preparing presentation: 40 hrs


Written mid-term on grammar (40%), handing in weekly translations (required but not graded), final oral exam (60%).


Documents and course information will be posted on Blackboard.


Josef Tropper (2002): Altäthiopisch, Münster: Ugarit-verlag

Wolf Leslau (2010): Concise dictionary of Geʿez, Wiesbaden: Harassowitz

Both books can be purchased online and are also available at the University library.


Through uSis.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration for Contractonderwijs via:


B.D. Suchard MA. Tel.:071- 527 3071.