Gregory Bar 'Ebroyo (Barhebraeus): Laughable Stories - A Medieval Joke Collection in Classical Syriac

Course Level: 
Master’s
Doctoral
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Academic Year: 
2022-2023
Term: 
Fall
US Credits: 
2
ECTS Credits: 
4
Course Code: 
MEDS6166
Course Description: 

TBA.

Learning Outcomes: 

Students will become acquainted with the Syriac style of one of the greatest writers of this tradition. Their grammatical and conceptual skills will be improved, and they will get acquainted with the large, variegated pool of medieval Middle Eastern learning. They will also understand that the stories, sayings and jokes collected by Bar ‘Ebroyo originally belong to a genre that was part of the curriculum of the late antique philosophical schools and was transmitted to the Eastern Christians via their Muslim neighbours. The aim of the jokes was to teach effortlessly, through entertainment.  

Prerequisites: 

The course is only for students who have reached at least an intermediate level in Classical Syriac.