Master of Studies in Classical Armenian Studies

  • 1. Before admission to the course, candidates must satisfy the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies that they possess the necessary qualifications to profit by the course.

  • 2. Every candidate must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction in Classical Armenian Studies.

  • 3. Syllabus

    There will be four Units[For students starting before MT 2015: :]  [For students starting from MT 2015: . Each unit is examined by a written paper.]

  • Unit (i). Essay questions on the language, literature, history, and culture of Ancient and Medieval Armenia.

  • Units (ii), (iii), (iv). Passages for translation and commentary, and essay questions on prescribed texts in Classical and, where relevant, post-Classical Armenian, with special reference to three of the following subjects (passages for unprepared translation from and into Classical Armenian will be set):

    • (1) Biblical texts.

    • (2) Homiletic and polemical literature.

    • (3) Hagiographic texts.

    • (4) Historical literature of the 5th-9th centuries.

    • (5) Historical literature of the 10th-14th centuries.

    • (6) Religious and secular verse.

      (7) Any other subject approved by the Board.

  • 4.  Lists of set texts must be submitted to the Faculty office by Friday of seventh week of Michaelmas Term [For students starting before MT 2015: and will be reported to the Faculty Board's second meeting of Michaelmas Term].

  • [For students starting before MT 2015: 5. Every candidate will be examined by oral examination unless he or she shall have been individually excused by the examiners.] [For students starting from MT 2015: 5. Candidates may be required to attend a viva.]

Teaching for the course may not be available in every year. Applicants for admission will be advised of this.