Sanskrit I

An introduction to the classical Sanskrit language. The first-year course includes developing familiarization with the Sanskrit alphabet (devanagari), mastering the conventions of euphonic combination (sandhi), and learning the basics of Sanskrit grammar. In addition, we begin reading texts from the classical Indian tradition, particularly selections from the Mahabharata and Ramayana, and from some simple Buddhist texts (e.g., the Heart Sutra). Students should expect to study at least six hours per week outside of class. Cross-listed as REL507.
Course Number: REL277
Units: 4.0