Master of Studies in Classical Armenian Studies

Differences from 2014/15 to 2023/24

  • 1. Before admission to the course, candidates must satisfy the Board of the Faculty of OrientalAsian and Middle Eastern 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. 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 and will be reported to the Faculty Board's second meeting of Michaelmas Term.

  • 5. EveryCandidates candidate willmay be examinedrequired byto oralattend examinationa unless he or she shall have been individually excused by the examinersviva. 

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