Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic spoken from the Roman period through late antiquity and into the Medieval period. It is one of the languages of the early Christian church, and is related to Hebrew, Arabic, and Babylonian. This course will offer an introduction to the basic grammar of Syriac and the Syriac manuscript tradition. It will equip students for additional work in Semitic languages and literatures. This course will satisfy graduate course requirements in CANES, and non-language requirements in the “Classical Humanities” undergraduate major.