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 2020
Classes are held in small groups (up to 5 students) at the Athens Indian & Greek-Indian Studies Center. All lessons are conducted under the guidance of Indologist Professor Dimitrios Vassiliadis.
1. Class A1 for beginners – Introduction to the Sanskrit language
New Course: Every Friday 10:45-12:45
Classes start on January 17, 2020
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.
2. Class B for second-year students
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.
3. Study of Sanskrit Sacred Texts
Course: 2nd Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita
Dates: Every Monday 11:30 – 13:30
Classes start on January 13, 2020
Weekly lessons. Learning the Sanskrit language through the study of selected texts such as Bhagavad Gita (classic Sanskrit), and Upanishads (Vedic Sanskrit). 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.
4. Monthly lessons
Students living outside Athens can form a separate class and attend lessons once a month.
5. Teaching and Research
Research projects. Translation and publication of Sanskrit texts. Preparing audio-visual teaching material. Republication of Dimitrios Galanos’ books. Teacher-training course for beginners.
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