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Oriental Studies Tripos, 2003: Specified texts and subjects

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The Faculty Board of Oriental Studies give notice that the specified texts, specified periods, and special subjects selected for the Oriental Studies Tripos, 2003, will be as follows:


Paper Am. 1. Aramaic specified and unspecified texts, 1

Selections from Biblical and Jewish Aramaic texts.

Paper Am. 2. Aramaic specified texts and composition

Selections from Syriac texts.

Paper Am. 3. Aramaic literature and its historical background

The Targums; history and literature of the Syriac-speaking church until the end of the fifth century AD.

Paper Am. 11. Aramaic specified and unspecified texts, 2

Selections from Aramaic texts and inscriptions.

Paper Am. 12. Aramaic specified texts

Selections from Syriac and Christian Palestinian Aramaic texts.

Paper Am. 14. Special subject

A topic in the history or literature of the Syriac-speaking church.


Paper As. 1. Akkadian specified texts

The Code of Hammurapi, in E. Bergmann, ed., Codex Hammurabi (1953), laws 1-65 in cuneiform, laws 228-60 in transliteration.

The Annals of Sennacherib, third to seventh campaigns, in R. Borger, Babylonisch-assyrische Lesestücke, 2nd ed. (1979), pp. 329-32. In cuneiform.

Gilgamesh, Tablet XI, lines 1-257, in R. C. Thompson, ed., The Epic of Gilgamish (1930), pls. 44-50. In cuneiform.

Ludlul, Tablet I, in W. G. Lambert, Babylonian Wisdom Literature, pp. 30-36, with D. J. Wiseman, Anatolian Studies 30 (1980), 101-7. In transliteration.

Paper As. 15. Mesopotamian special subject

Either (1) Archaeology of Anatolia, or (2) Exchange in the ancient Near East, or (3) Mesopotamian religious practices and institutions, or (4) Text editions.

Chinese Studies

Paper C. 1. Literary Chinese texts, 1

Selections from pre-Tang dynasty texts.

Paper C. 2. Literary Chinese texts, 2

Selections from Cen Shen ji jiaozhu (Shanghai: Shanghai Guji chubanshe, 1981).

Selections from Fu sheng liu ji (Taibei: Shuming Wenhua Shiye, 1985).

Paper C. 6. Chinese history: specified subject, 1

The history of dynastic China.

Paper C. 7. Chinese history: specified subject, 2

The history of China from 1800 to the present.

Paper C. 11. Literary Chinese texts, 3

Selections from Sima Guang, Zizhi tong jian (Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 1956);

Selections from Tang verse.

Paper C. 12. Aspects of traditional Chinese culture

Either: Religion in dynastic China;
Or: The development of Chinese fiction;
Or: Discussions of late imperial society.

Paper C. 15. Dynastic China: specified subject

Either: The Han period;
Or: The Age of Disunion;
Or: The Tang period;
Or: Late Imperial Society.

Paper C. 16. Dynastic China: readings

Either: Readings in texts from the Han period;
Or: Readings in texts from the Age of Disunion;
Or: Readings in texts from the Tang period;
Or: Readings in texts from Late Imperial Society.

Paper C. 17. Modern China: specified subject

Either: Twentieth-century Chinese literature;
Or: War in the making of modern China;
Or: Syntactic features of Chinese and typological differences between Chinese and English;
Or: Aspects of contemporary China.

Paper C. 18. Modern China: readings

Either: Readings in Chinese literature since 1900;
Or: Readings in the history of China since the Taiping Rebellion;
Or: Readings in linguistic analysis of Chinese and language development;
Or: Readings in contemporary China.


Paper E. 1. Middle Egyptian specified texts

A. H. Gardiner, Egyptian Grammar (Third edn., Oxford, 1957), reading extracts at ends of chapters XIV, XV, XVII, XX, XXI, XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX, XXX, XXXI, XXXII, XXXIII.
K. H. Sethe, Aegyptische Lesestücke (1924-37), nos. 3, 14, 22, 23.

Paper E. 3. Coptic specified texts 1 (Sa'idic dialect)

W. Till, Koptische Grammatik Leipzig, 1970), Chrestomathie, pp. 259-318.

Paper E. 11. Old, Middle, and Late Egyptian specified texts

Old Egyptian:

K. H. Sethe, Urkunden des alten Reiches, in Urkunden des ägyptischen Altertums, hrsg. von G. Steindorff, Abt, I, Bd. 1, Heft 1-4 (1932-33), nos. 17, 26 (Biographies of Weni and Harkhuf).
K. H. Sethe, Die altaegyptischen Pyramidentexte, Bd. 1 (1908), sections 393a-414c = Utterances 273-4 (the Cannibal Hymn).
P. Posener-Kriéger and J-L. de Cenival, Hieratic papyri in the British Museum (5th series, 1968), 'The Abu Sir Papyri', plates IIIA-VA, XXA, XXIA, XXXIIIA-XXXVA, LIIIA.

Middle Egyptian:

K. H. Sethe, Aegyptische Lesestücke (1924-37; repr. 1959), nos. 11, 12, 18, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 34.
K. H. Sethe, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie, 356-375 (obelisk inscriptions of Hatshepsut), and 647-667 (the capture of Megiddo).
Sandman, Texts from the time of Akhenaten (Bibliotheca Aegyptiaca VIII, 1938), 93-6 (the great hymn to the Aten).

Late Egyptian:

A. H. Gardiner (ed.), The Blinding of Truth and Wenamun (in Late-Egyptian Stories, Bibliotheca Aegyptiaca I, 1932).
A. H. Gardiner, Ramesside Administrative Documents (1948), pp. 45-49.
A. H. Gardiner (ed.), Papyrus Sallier I (in Late Egyptian Miscellanies, Bibliotheca Aegyptiaca VII, 1937).

Paper E. 13. Specified texts in hieratic book hands of the Middle and New Kingdom

W. Golénischeff, Les Papyrus hiératiques nos. 115, 116A et 116B de l'Ermitage Impérial à St-Pétersbourg (1913), pls. 1-8.
T. G. H. James, The Hekanakhte Papers and other Early Middle Kingdom Documents (New York, 1962), Plates 1-4.
G. Möller, Hieratische Lesestücke, II (1909), pp. 1-6, 28, 39.
T. E. Peet, The Mayer Papyri A and B (1920), p. 1 line 1-p. 3 line 5.

Paper E. 14. Coptic specified texts, 2


E. A. Wallis Budge (ed.), Coptic Biblical Texts (1912). Jonah.
J. Drescher (ed.), Three Coptic Legends (1947), pp. 32-67 (The Seven Sleepers).
J. Leipoldt (ed.), 'Sinuthii Archimandritae Vita et opera omnia, vol. 3', Scriptores Coptici (Textus Series Secunda. Tomus IV, 1908), III, pp. 30-67.
W. E. Crum, Varia Coptica (1939), nos. 5, 6, 8, 19, 25, 33, 34, 45, 50, 58.


W. Till, Die achmimische Version der 12 kleinen Propheten, Coptica IV (1927).


W. Till, Koptische Chrestomathie für den fayumischen Dialekt (1930).


A. Mallon, Grammaire copte (4th ed., 1956), Chrestomathie, pp. 1-121.

Paper E. 18. Ancient Egypt, 1

Framework of living.

Paper E. 19. Ancient Egypt, 2

The practice of religion.

Paper E. 20. Ancient Egypt, 3


Paper E. 21. Ancient Egypt, 4

Art and artefacts.

Paper E. 22. Ancient Egypt, 5

Topics in Egyptology.

Hebrew Studies

Paper H. 1. Hebrew texts, 1

Selections from Biblical and post-biblical Hebrew texts.

Paper H. 3. Israelite and Jewish history and literature

Section A. Israelite and Judean history and literature.
Section B. Selections from Modern Hebrew literature.

Paper H. 4. Modern Hebrew, 1

Selections from Modern Hebrew literature.

Paper H. 6. Mishnaic and medieval Hebrew

Selections from Mishnaic and medieval Hebrew texts.

Paper H. 11. Hebrew texts, 2

Selections from classical and post-biblical Hebrew texts.

Paper H. 14. Post-biblical Jewish texts

Selections from post-biblical Jewish texts.

Paper H. 15. Modern Hebrew, 3

Selections from modern Hebrew literature.

Paper H. 17. Semitic specified texts

Section A: Inscriptions

Selections from North-West Semitic texts.

Section B: Hebrew poetry

Selections from classical, medieval, and modern Hebrew poetry.

Paper H. 18. Special subject

Either: The Ugaritic mythological and legendary literature;

Or: The history of the Hebrew language;

Or: The Hebrew short story or Hebrew drama in the twentieth century.

Indian Studies

Paper In. 1. Sanskrit specified and unspecified texts, 1

Mahabhasya, Paspasahnika, with the Pradāpa commentary of Kaiyata.

Paper In. 2. Sanskrit specified and unspecified texts, 2

Rgvedasamhita 1. 1, 1. 154, 2. 12, 2. 33, 7. 61, 7. 86, 8. 48, 10. 14, 10. 90, 10. 129 (these passages are contained in A. A. Macdonell, A Vedic Reader for Students); 10. 129 with the commentary of Sayana (ed. Sontakke).
Atharvavedasamhita 4. 16, 5. 14, 19. 53, 19. 54.
Aitareyabrahmana, extracts 2-4 (O. Böhtlingk, Sanskrit Chrestomathie, 3rd ed., pp. 28-34).
Satapathabrahmana, extracts 1, 3-4 (Böhtlingk, pp. 36, 38-42).
Jaimināyabrahmana 14, 47, 128, 140, 160, 186 from W. Caland, Das Jaimināya-Brahmana in Auswahl (Amsterdam 1919).
Manavadharmasastra 12.

Paper In. 11. Sanskrit specified texts, 1

Kumarasambhava 3.
Harsacarita 1.
Gātagovinda 1, 2, 6, 7.
Kavyadarsa 1.

Paper In. 12. Sanskrit specified texts, 2

Baudhayana Srautasutra 10. 1-4.
Taittirāya Samhita 4.1.1-4, 5.1.1-5.
Nirukta 1-2.
Astadhyayī 1. 1, 1. 4 with the Kasika commentary.

Paper In. 13. Sanskrit specified texts, 3

Slokavarttika, Atmavada.
Samkhyakarika 1-21, 56-72; 19-21 with the Tattvakaumudā commentary.
Abhidharmakosabhasya, Pudgalaviniscaya.

Paper In. 14. Pali and Prakrit specified texts

Asoka, rock edicts 1-4, 13.
Therāgatha 1-126.
Majjhima-nikaya, sutta 10 (Satipatthanasutta).
Uttarajjhayanasutta, ajjhayana 9.
Sthulabhadrakatha (Kumarapalapratibodha, ed. L. Alsdorf), pp. 100-13.
Sattasaā (ed. A. Weber) stanzas 1-20, 375-95.

Paper In. 25. Selected readings in a north Indian language

Kanhadadeprabandha, ed. K. B. Vyas, pp. 1-10 (verses 1.1-50).
Vāsaladevarasa, ed. John D. Smith, pp. 104-145 (verses 27-47).
Muhata nainasā rā khyata, ed. Badrāprasad Sakariya, Vol. 3, pp. 58-79 (Vata pabujā rā).
Surajmal Misran, 'Duva sena udaggana', in Motilal Menariya, Rajasthanī bhasa aur sahitya, pp. 319-21.
The epic of Pabujā, ed. John D. Smith, pp. 244-9 (ll. 3576-3735)

Paper In. 26. Special subject in nineteenth-century or twentieth-century Indian history

The history of the Indian sub-continent from the late eighteenth century to the present day (Paper 26 of Part II of the Historical Tripos).

Paper In. 27. Specified subject in South Asian Studies

The sociology and politics of South Asia.

Papers In. 28, 29. Special subject in modern South Asian history (a Special Subject for Papers 1 and 2 of Part II of the Historical Tripos)

War and nationalism in South and South-east Asia, 1942-49. A list of works prescribed for study, and for reference, is available from the History Faculty Office.

Japanese Studies

Paper J. 15 Japanese culture: specified subject

Topics in the development of Japanese culture.

Paper J. 16. Japanese history: specified subject

Topics in Japanese history.

Paper J. 17. Japanese society: specified subject

Topics in modern Japanese society.

Paper J. 18. Japanese politics and economics: specified subject

Topics in the politics and economy of modern Japan.

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