Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) is one of the earliest languages of the Indo-European family and has important similarities with ancient Greek, Latin and other ancient languages of Europe and Asia. Its most ancient form is found in the Vedas (1500 BC). After Panini (4th century BC), the grammar is systematized and we have the classical Sanskrit form that continues to exist to this day. In Sanskrit are written most of India’s philosophical texts, as well as of ancient sciences, such as Ayurveda, astrology, mathematics and others. The great Indian epics of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, the Puranas, as well as some of mankind’s greatest literary masterpieces are also in Sanskrit.
Why learn Sanskrit?
- Improve your knowledge of linguistics, Indian religions, philosophy and culture.
- Refine and broaden your horizons by studying Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutra and other philosophical texts of Hinduism and Buddhism.
- Meditate on the deeper meaning of the sacred texts in an attempt to give the correct interpretation.
- Understand the etymology of the words in Hindi, Bengali, and other Indian languages derived from Sanskrit.
- Get rid of the mental stress with the harmonic chant of the mantras (Sanskrit hymns).
- Strengthen memory, cultivate logic, and improve the accuracy of your expression.
Sanskrit Courses at the Athens Center for Indian & Indo-Hellenic Studies
Classes are held in small groups (up to 5 students) at the Athens Indian & Greek-Indian Studies Center or online through the ZOOM platform.. All lessons are conducted under the guidance of Indologist Professor Dimitrios Vassiliadis.
Regular Sanskrit lessons take place once a week and last for two hours. Students living outside Athens can form a separate class and attend lessons once a month.
Certificates of study
At the end of each course, written exams and presentations are given to students wishing to obtain a certificate of successful completion of their course. Those who attended at least 50% of the courses have the right to participate.
For more information and registration, send an e-mail with your contact details to [email protected] and we will contact you sοοn.
The following courses are taught according to the Sanskrit educational system:
Prathamā (प्रथमा) – Introduction to the Sanskrit language
Weekly lessons. The course is based on the book “Introduction to Sanskrit Language” by Dimitrios Vassiliadis and includes learning of the Devanagari script, vocabulary, syntax, grammar and study of selected Sanskrit passages.
Weekly lessons. The curriculum includes further deepening of grammar, syntax, and the study of Sanskrit hymns (mantras).
Eligible for registration in Class B are those who have successfully completed the introductory course or have basic knowledge of the Sanskrit language.
Madhyamā (मध्यमा) – Grammar and translation of texts
Weekly lessons. Learning the Sanskrit language through the translation of short stories from Panchatandra and other Sanskrit books. The lessons include etymology and literal translation of the words and interpretation of the grammatical and syntactical phenomena we meet.
Enrollment in the course requires adequate knowledge of the Sanskrit language.
Śāstrī (शास्त्री) – Study of Sanskrit texts
Weekly lessons. Word by word translation and interpretation of selected Sanskrit texts, such as the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutra, the Siva Sutra, etc. The scholar learns the most important texts of the spiritual traditions of India in their original language.
Ācārya (आचार्य) – Teaching and research
Research projects. Translation and publication of Sanskrit texts. Preparing audio-visual teaching material. Republication of the books by Greek Indologists. Teacher-training course.
Courses start – October 5, 2020
Prathamā Α: Every Thursday 11.00-13.00
Prathamā Β: Every Friday 10.30 – 12.30.
Madhyamā & Śāstrī: Every Monday 11.30-13.30