Introductory Sanskrit II (Summer intensive).

  • US102S.
  • This course completes the linguistically rich survey of Sanskrit grammar begun in US101 and is roughly equivalent to a second-semester university course. Exercises introduce the extensive literature, profound philosophy and rich mythology of ancient India which has and continues to influence over a quarter of the world’s population today. Readings in the course are adapted from Sanskrit literature. An interactive on-line exercise platform provides immediate intelligent feedback and focused help at every stage of sentence analysis and translation virtually eliminating the difficulty and frustration felt by language learners in a typical course. On-line video presentations supplement the course so class time can focus teacher-student interaction where it is most beneficial. After this course, students will be able to read original materials in late Vedic, Epic, and Classical Sanskrit.
  • Instructor: Peter M. Scharf.
  • Prerequisite: US101 or equivalent introduction to Sanskrit.
  • Schedule: 1–29 July 2024.
  • Continuation of US101S 3–28 June 2024.
  • Intensive course meeting times: Live meetings everyday Monday–Friday 10:30-11:30am, 3:30–4:30pm U.S. Central Time, recorded lectures, daily interactive on-line exercises, flexible consultation. Time commitment: 40 hours per week.
  • Course fee: $3,000.
  • Register.
  • Course materials: Scharf, Peter M. {S}abdabrahma: a linguistic introduction to Sanskrit. Providence: The Sanskrit Library, 2022. Two volumes. Volume I, Text and exercises; Volume II, Appendices. Available via links on The Sanskrit Library publications page.


Lecture Topic
13 Consonant-stem nominals
14 The passive voice
15 The future and conditional
16 Relative clauses and causative syntax
17 Participles
18 The perfect
19 The aorist
20 Compounds