New Online Course in Sanskrit from North Carolina State University

Announcement: new online course in Sanskrit from North Carolina State University

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First Ever Online Course on Sanskrit

Are you fascinated by the famous Indian epic poem, the Bhagavad Gita? Are you interested in yoga, Hinduism, Jainism, or Buddhism and want a deeper understanding of Indic foundational texts? Learn Classical Sanskrit and gain access to an extraordinary body of literature eight times larger than that of Ancient Greek and Latin combined. During this two years-long series, students will learn to read and translate brief passages from famous epics and sutras and learn to chant brief passages from the Ramayana and Bhagavad Gita. Its position in the cultures of South and Southeast Asia is akin to that of Latin and Greek in Europe and Hebrew in Abrahmic Religions. It has evolved into, as well as influenced, many modernday languages of the world. Dating back to as early as 1500 BCE, Vedic Sanskrit is the earliest attested Indo-Aryan language, and one of the earliest attested members of the Indo-European language family.

Topics Covered:

 Sanskrit Alphabet

 Sanskrit Grammar

 Sanskrit Vocabulary

 The Ramayana

 The Bhagvad Gita

Course: Sanskrit Course for 3 credits (online or in class)

FL 295 – 005 (FL 295 – 601)

Tuesdays, Thursdays 6.00 to 7:15 pm

And online:

http://delta.ncsu.edu/apps/coursedetail/index.php?id=FL:295::601:FALL:2009

Contact: Dr. Pankaj Jain

Dept of Foreign Languages and Literatures

North Carolina State University

(919) 515 9307

pjain5@ncsu.edu

http://www.IndicUniversity.org