Course code LitZ1077
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 32 48
Course annotation

This course will educate students in Ancient Indian literature by introducing them to Indian myths, epics, ealy written monuments, Vedic literature and Sanskrit poetry, as well as Prakriti and Pāli literature in translations. Problems of literature will be discussed in some broader context with the major historical events and social developments.

After this course the students are expected to have gained some basic knowledge about the literature of Ancient India, its history, development and role in contemporary Inian life; students should be ready to discuss the most topical problems of periodization and interpretation of the ancient literary heritage of India.
Course plan
1. Literature of Central Indian peoples. L 2h
2. Vedic literature. Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda, Atharvaveda. L 6h
3. The Upanishads, their origin. L 2h
4. Manu laws as the most ancient written law system. L 2h
5. Dhammapada as one of the most impoertant Buddhist texts. L 2h
6. Sutanipāta, its origin and meaning today. L 2h.
7. The Mahabharata. L 6h
8. The Bhagavadgīta. L 4h
9. The Ramāyana. L 4h
10. Vātsyājana, Kāmasūtra, L 2h
Requirements for obtaining credit points
Students are to attend lectures, write two control works(25% and 25%), an pass a written exam (50%).

Study programmes Asian Studies