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Reading Vedic texts


Admission requirements

One year of Sanskrit.
Exchange students are allowed to follow this class if they have sufficient knowledge of Sanskrit.


During the course we will be reading the hymns from the Rigveda using the book by A.A. Macdonell, A Vedic reader for students (Oxford UP, many reprints).

Course objectives

  • deeper knowledge of Vedic grammar and its Indo-European origins

  • ability to read hymns from the Rigveda with the help of a dictionary

  • knowledge of the Vedic metre and how to use it for Indo-European reconstruction


Linguistics bachelor

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours= 140 hours

  • Lectures: 26

  • Assignment(s): 90 (weekly preparation of texts)

  • Preparation exam: 22

  • Exam(s): 2

Assessment method


Written examination


Students can resit the written examination.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • additional exercises

Reading list

We will use the following two books:

  • A.A. Macdonell, A Vedic reader for students (Oxford UP, any reprint)

  • A.A. Macdonell, A Vedic grammar for students (Oxford UP, any reprint)

  • The former contains the texts, comments and a small dictionary. The latter is a reference grammar.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website


Contact information Prof. A.M. Lubotsky

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

E-mailaddress Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Ellen van Dijk