First Summer School for Syriac Language and Literature

Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin (Frankfurt), PD Dr. Christa Kessler (Jena), and Prof. Dr. Matthias Perkams (Jena)

The topic will be "Barhadbeshaba's Cause of the Foundation of the Schools and other texts from the environment of the school of Nisibis".

We invite applications from researchers interested in improving their knowledge of ancient Syriac in small study groups. The selected texts will cover areas of interest for researchers of different disciplines, including ancient history, philosophy, theology, and religious studies. Basic knowledge of Syriac and basic understanding of written and spoken German are required.
Depending on the number of participants, several smaller reading groups catering to all levels of Syriac knowledge will be established.  Lectures on various topics surrounding the field of Syriac language and literature are planned for the evenings.

There is no fee for participants. Accommodation costs and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

To apply, please send a CV and short cover letter outlining your motivation and background in German or English to Marius Kalfelis (kalfelis(at) by March 31, 2023.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the organisers!

24. July 2023
- 27. July 2023

Will be hosted at the Goethe University Frankfurt (Leibniz Prize Project "Polyphony of Late Antique Christianity") in cooperation with the DFG Research Training Group 2792 ("Autonomy of Heteronomous Texts in Antiquity and the Middle Ages", Friedrich Schiller University Jena.