Sanskrit: an introduction for absolute beginners at the British Museum

Course Dates: 14/02/20 - 06/03/20
Time: 17:30 - 20:15
Location: The British Museum
Maddalena Italia

This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and Build, uses British Museum

objects related to ancient South Asia to provide a foundation in the Sanskrit language.


What is the course about?

Learn the basics of Sanskrit and apply them to objects and inscriptions held at the British Museum.

What will we cover?

Students will learn to read out and transliterate Sanskrit inscriptions in the Devanagari script, while gaining an insight into the basic principles of Sanskrit grammar. Moreover, they will start exploring aspects of literary culture in Sanskrit.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Read out and transliterate an inscription written in the Devanagari script. Demonstrate some insight into the basic principles of Sanskrit grammar. Develop a curiosity for aspects of literary culture in Sanskrit.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable if you are a complete beginner. As this course is taught in English, you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English and also take part in class and group activities.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will combine classroom work with visits to the galleries. The classroom-based activities will follow the traditional approach but will aim at a high level of student interaction with pair and group work. Students are expected to participate in the activities and to do homework every week.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Resources and handouts will be provided by the tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

A progression course at the British Museum or at Build. The tutor will be able to advise you.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Informed and enthusiastic teacher gave a great introduction to a classic language.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 31/05/2019)
I was really pleased that this course got to grips with grammar and we had a chance to write in Sanskrit too.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/03/2019)
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Course Code: RSM005

Fri, eve, 14 Feb - 06 Mar '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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