Academic Year 2019-2020
Semester I: October 22, 2019 - February 19, 2020
Semester II: February 27 - June 30, 2020
(for Summer Courses click here)
We are not offering Coptic courses at this time. If you are interested in a Coptic course, please reach out to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coptic language is the last attested phase of the Ancient Egyptian language and belongs to the Afro-Asiatic language family. Coptic texts were written in a modified form of the Greek alphabet, and are dated as early as the third century CE. Texts written in Coptic record many political and religious turns, as well as a continuously changing social fabric under Greco-Roman and Muslim rules over Egypt.
Coptic was recorded in writing until its gradual decline in the Middle Ages. While it is now considered a dead language, it is still widely used in liturgy in Coptic communities across the globe. Attempts to revive Coptic and use it as a spoken language have taken place continuously over the last centuries.
Why learn Coptic?
Coptic is a valuable resource for the study of early Christianity and of multicultural Egypt during First Millennium CE. The Bohairic Coptic course at Polis Institute is developed under a grant titled ‘Project for the Development of Bohairic Dialect.’ Using the Polis method, all Coptic classes will be taught using full immersion and will aim to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Source texts will be used to create a new learning experience for Coptic as a spoken language, and students will have tools to read and analyze texts in Coptic.