Syriac Intensive Course

You do not need a background in languages, classics, or archaeology to study Syriac. Syriac is both an ancient and living language. It is one of the main and enduring dialects of Aramaic, which spans 3000 years of history and literature and includes foundational texts for the Ancient Near East. 


Introduction to Syriac Language (AL1006W | AL8006W)

Terry Falla, Beryl Turner

11 x mornings + exam:
Jan 16 – Feb 2
(Mon – Thu) (excluding Thu 26 January) Thu Feb 9: Exam 9:00am – 12:30pm


This course aims to equip students with all the skills necessary to read ancient texts in their original Syriac. During the course students will engage with some of Syriac’s most poetic and significant texts, including narratives from the Peshitta Gospels and the poetry of Ephrem. 



  • Discover the beauty and significance of ancient texts in their original language.
  • Immerse yourself in the grammar, syntax, lexicography and poetics of ancient Syriac.
  • Attain skills sufficient to begin and continue reading literary texts written at the zenith of a language’s influence on its literature, rhetoric, culture and wider world.



Enquiries to Terry Falla


Phone: (03) 9430 8006

Postal address: Syriac Language Research Center, Whitley College, 271 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052


How to Enrol

Contact the Registrar:  Phone 03 9340 8100 or Email