PHI SEMINARS

The Norwegian Institute of Philology organises weekly philological research seminars where we read ancient and classical texts in a number of languages. Please write to seminar@philology.no if you have questions or if you are interested in participating. 
 
The time and place of each weekly seminar is given in the calendar summary to the right and in the full calendar below. In several cases there are also dedicated seminar pages with more information.
Seminars usually begin in early February and early September. The dates of the first reading are found in the calendar below (or will be posted in due time).  
Student participation in these seminars can in most cases be awarded with ECTS credits ("studiepoeng"), based on active participation in the seminar and on submitting a term paper. Students who participate will typically have prior knowledge of the language(s) and cultural tradition(s) in question, equivalent to a minimum of one academic year of instruction. Students are awarded credits based on a written assignment (essay/term paper).
PhD-students can also register for these courses as part of their course requirements, in agreement with their supervisors and home institutions.

WEEKLY CALENDAR  (2020)

Mon 14:15–16:00 Graeco-Arabic: Galen
Mon 14:15–16:00 Arabic: Koranen i islamsk tradisjon
Tue 11:15–13:00 San-Tib-Chi: Mūlasarvāstivādavinaya
Tue 13:15–15:00 San-Tib-Chi: Prajñāpāramitā
Tue 14:15–16:00 Pashto Landeys
Wed 08:30–10:00 Georgian: Balavariani
Wed 09:15–11:00 San-Tib-Chi: Bodhisattvapitaka
Wed 13:15–15:00 Armenian: Eusebius' Chronicon
Wed 16:15–18:00 Klassiske hebraiske og jødiske tekster
Thu 10:15–12:00 Historisk grammatikk
Thu 11:15–13:00 Greek: Proclus' comm. on Euclid
Thu 13:15–15:00 Greek and Latin: Herodotus
Thu 14:15–16:00 Arabic: Alexander Romance
Fri 08:15–10:00 North Arabian: Pre-Islamic inscriptions
Fri 10:15–12:00 Arabic: Historical Koran
Fri 13:15–15:00 Sumerian/Akkadian
TO READ FULL SEMINAR DESCRIPTIONS, FOLLOW THE LINKS OR SEE MORE INFO BELOW

COURSE REGISTRATION

Students who wish to register for an exam when following a seminar, must chose one of the fixed course codes ("emner") relevant to that seminar.
Link to course registration at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society (deadline December 15th and June 15th). The procedure is similar to the one described in Norwegian here (for the introductory courses). 
 
To identify the course codes ("emner") available for each seminar, note the title after "COURSE REGISTRATION" under the relevant seminars in the calendar below, or on the dedicated page for the seminar in question. When you register, please state which seminar(s) you intend to follow.
See also our introductory courses (in Norwegian).
 

There are currently 6 formally defined subjects or course codes (“emner”) for course registration. Each course code has two levels (2 x 15 ECTS). They are:

  • Classical European Philology 1 (Bachelor / Master) –– 2 (Bachelor / Master

  • Sumerian and Akkadian Philology 1 (Bachelor / Master–– 2 (Bachelor / Master

  • Semitic and Afroasiatic Philology 1 (Bachelor / Master–– 2 (Bachelor / Master

  • Indo-Iranian Philology 1 (Bachelor / Master–– 2 (Bachelor / Master)  

  • Indian and Buddhist Philology 1  (Bachelor / Master–– 2 (Bachelor / Master

  • Arabic and Islamic Philology 1 (Bachelor / Master) –– 2 (Bachelor / Master

The following subjects will be added in 2021:​

  • Hebrew and Jewish Philology (Bachelor / Master)

  • Chinese and East Asian Philology (Bachelor / Master)

 

More information about each course code is found at the MF course registration page. Choose Bachelor or Master according to the level of your current study program (if you are enrolled in a Masters program or if you have completed a Masters degree, you can choose the code for “Master”; otherwise, choose the code for “Bachelor”)

WEEKLY SEMINARS 2020 Fall

 

Graeco-Arabic

MONDAY

14:15–16:00

FIRST MEETING: September 2020.

PHI Reading room (room 222). 

Gydas vei 4, 2nd floor

Oslo, Majorstuen

The Oslo Graeco-Arabic seminar (established in 2008) continues this semester with Hunayn b. Ishaq's Arabic translation of Galen's work The Best Doctor is Also a Philosopher (Greek: Ὅτι ὁ ἄριστος ἰατρός καί φιλόσοφος; Arabic: مقالة جالينوس في أنّه يجب أن يكون الطبيب الفاضل فيلسوفًا). We read the Arabic in Bachmann's 1965 edition, the Greek in Boudon-Millot's 2007 edition. Good translations of the Greek are Boudon-Millot (French), Singer 1997 (English); of the Arabic Bachmann (German).

COURSE REGISTRATION: Arabic and Islamic Philology, Semitic and Afroasiatic PhilologyGreek Philology

MONDAY

14:15–16:00

FIRST MEETING: September 2020.

PHI Library (room 223). 

Gydas vei 4, 2nd floor

Oslo, Majorstuen

The seminar Koranen I islamsk tradisjon is an introduction to the Arabic text of the Koran as viewed through its classical Islamic interpretation (tafsīr). In the seminar, passages of the Koran are read in the original Arabic and the various possible interpretations are discussed. The main aim of the seminar is to enable students to understand how the Koran has been interpreted and which tools are used in Koranic interpretation in general.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS SEMINAR (in Norwegian)

COURSE REGISTRATION: Arabic and Islamic Philology

Sanskrit – Tibetan – Chinese readings

TUESDAY

Bodhisattvapiṭaka (09:15–11:00)

Mūlasarvāstivādavinaya (11:15–13:00)

Prajñāpāramitā (13:15 – 15:00 )​

FIRST MEETING: September 2020.

PHI Reading room (room 222). 

Gydas vei 4, 2nd floor

Oslo, Majorstuen

COURSE REGISTRATION: Indian and Buddhist Philology

Pashto Landeys in the Morgenstierne collection

TUESDAY

14:15–16:00

FIRST MEETING: September 2020.

 

PHI Reading room (room 222). 

Gydas vei 4, 2nd floor

Oslo, Majorstuen

 

During his extensive study of the Indo-Iranian languages in Afghanistan and adjacent areas, the Norwegian comparative philologist Georg Morgenstierne (1892–1978) recorded language materials of various kinds. The collection, now in the National Library of Norway (Nasjonalbiblioteket), also contains specimens of the poetic genre known as landey, collected in Afghanistan in the 1920s.

Landey is a popular genre of Afghan folk poetry, mostly attributed to women. The Pashto word landey (لڼډۍ) means ‘short’ and probably refers both to the simple two-line form of the poems and the succinct imagery often conveyed.

As part of a project to edit and publish Morgenstierne's collected landeys, we read the original poems in Pashto and discuss their meaning and possible English translations. Read more about the Landey Project.

COURSE REGISTRATION: Indo-Iranian Philology

The Georgian Balavariani

WEDNESDAY

9:45–11:30

FIRST MEETING: September 2020.

PHI Reading room (room 222). 

Gydas vei 4, 2nd floor

Oslo, Majorstuen

The Georgian Balavariani is the source text for all Christian versions of the Barlaam and Josaphat romance, a cycle of texts which exists in about one hundred medieval versions in a host of languages. We read the original Georgian text in Abuladze's edition (ილია აბულაძე, ბალავარიანის ქართული რედაქციები, თბილისი, 1957).

COURSE REGISTRATION: Greek Philology

Eusebius of Caesarea’s Chronikon in Armenian

WEDNESDAY

13:15–15:00

FIRST MEETING: September 2020.

PHI Reading room (room 222). 

Gydas vei 4, 2nd floor

Oslo, Majorstuen

In this seminar we read the Chronikon of Eusebius of Caesarea, originally written in Greek in the early fourth century, but only preserved in full in Armenian. The second part of the book, the Chronographic tables, was also translated into Latin by Jerome, and had significant impact on Western historiography. We read from the edition of J. B. Aucher (Venice 1818). Participants need only a basic knowledge of Armenian.

COURSE REGISTRATION: Greek Philology

Klassiske hebraiske og jødiske tekster

WEDNESDAY

16:15–18:00

FIRST MEETING: September 9th 2020.

PHI Reading room (room 222). 

Gydas vei 4, 2nd floor

Oslo, Majorstuen

Grunnteksten i den jødiske tradisjonen er den hebraiske bibelen. Men det meste av den rike teologiske, litterære, filosofiske og vitenskapelige skrifttradisjonen innen jødisk kultur stammer fra tiden etter bibelen – og etter at hebraisk hadde dødd ut som morsmål.

 

I dette seminaret leser man tekstutdrag fra den eldste perioden (kanaaneiske innskrifter), fra Qumran-rullene, fra Sefer Ben Sira, fra Mishna (1.–4. årh. e.Kr.), fra middelaldersk hebraisk poesi (f. eks. Yehuda Halevi), fra Sefer Yetsira og den kabbalistiske tradisjonen, fra litterære og filosofiske tekster i den hebraiske middelalderlitteraturen, for eksempel slik vi møter den hos Rashi (d. 1105) eller Maimonides (d. 1204 e.Kr.), samt tekster fra haskala-perioden (1700- og 1800-tallet).

COURSE REGISTRATION: SEMITIC AND AFROASIATIC PHILOLOGYHEBREW AND JEWISH PHILOLOGY.

Herodotus' Histories (Greek and Renaissance Latin translation)

THURSDAY

13:15 – 15:00​

FIRST MEETING: September 2020.

PHI Reading room (room 222). 

Gydas vei 4, 2nd floor

Oslo, Majorstuen

COURSE REGISTRATION: Greek Philology

Historisk grammatikk

THURSDAY

10:15 – 12:00​

FIRST MEETING: September 10th  2020.

PHI Reading room (room 222). 

Gydas vei 4, 2nd floor

Oslo, Majorstuen

COURSE REGISTRATION: Classical European Philology; Indo-Iranian Philology; Semitic and Afroasiatic Philology

Proclus' Commentary to Euclid's Elements

THURSDAY

11:15–13:00

FIRST MEETING: September 2020.

PHI Reading room (room 222). 

Gydas vei 4, 2nd floor

Oslo, Majorstuen

COURSE REGISTRATION: Greek Philology

The Arabic Alexander Romance

THURSDAY

14:15–16:00

FIRST MEETING: September 2020.

Room 223

Gydas vei 4, 2nd floor

Oslo, Majorstuen

In this seminar we will read parts of the Qissat al-Iskandar (قصة الاسكندر) / Hadith Dhi l-Qarnayn (حديث ذي القرنين), attributed to Umara b. Zayd (d. 815 AD). The aim of the seminar is to read and discuss Håkon Stang's critical edition (in preparation) of the unique MS (British Library, Add. 5928). The Arabic text is part of a great tradition of literary stories told about Alexander the great, found in numerous languages, East and West.

The Arabic tradition is complex, and most works are still in manuscript. Fortunately, Doufikar-Aerts' discovery of the "Quzman" version (Bibliothèque nationale, MS 3687) has given us a text which seems to be a direct translation of the Syriac version (Doufikar-Aerts, Alexander Magnus Arabicus, 2010, p. 59 and passim). We will therefore be in a position to better understand how the Umara b. Zayd-text was composed, since many of its parts seem to stem from the Quzman version.

COURSE REGISTRATION: Arabic and Islamic Philology

North Arabian Seminar

FRIDAY

08:15–10:00

FIRST MEETING: September 2020.

PHI Reading room (room 222). 

Gydas vei 4, 2nd floor

Oslo, Majorstuen

The North Arabian Seminar will investigate a number of different, mainly epigraphical, sources to the history of Semitic languages in the North Arabian area. We will begin by reading Al-Jallad's book An Outline of the Grammar of the Safaitic Inscriptions (Brill 2015), inscriptions pp. 221–295. Participants are requested to familiarize themselves with Al-Jallad's book and with literature on the ANA languages.

COURSE REGISTRATION: Semitic and Afroasiatic Philology

The Multilingual Historical Koran (Qoran.xyz)

FRIDAY

10:15 – 12:00

FIRST MEETING: September 2020.

Room 426

Gydas vei 4, 4th floor

Oslo, Majorstuen

The aim of the Koran seminar is to study the Koranic text both as a historical document in its Late Antique Near Eastern context and as a religious document in its subsequent history when it became a foundational text for the religion of Islam.

This seminar is part of the PHI research project Qoran.xyz: The Multilingual Historical Koran.

COURSE REGISTRATION: Arabic and Islamic Philology, Semitic and Afroasiatic Philology

SUMERISK-AKKADISK SEMINAR: The Instructions of Shuruppak

FRIDAY

13:15 – 15:00

Contact us for more details

COURSE REGISTRATION: Sumero-Akkadian Philology

Divan of Hafez

Will resume in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021

Aristotle's Rhetoric: Greek – Arabic – Latin

Will resume in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021

The Behistun Inscription: Old Persian – Babylonian (– Elamite)

Will resume in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021

Syriac Seminar (in cooperation with OSS: The Oslo Syriac Society)

Will resume in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021

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P.O. Box 2709 Solli

N-0204 Oslo

Telephone: +47 954 01 754
Email: institute@philology.no

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