Phoenician language course, March 14-19, 2022.

The Oxford Classics Faculty in association with the Oxford Centre for Phoenician and Punic Studies (Octopus) and the Institute for Classical Studies is offering a free, online semi-intensive course in Phoenician 14-19 March 2022.

The class will take place 9 -11am GMT, Monday to Saturday, with daily homework. All materials will be provided, and no prior knowledge of the language will be assumed.

The course is aimed primarily at graduate students who will use the language for academic purposes (which do not have to focus narrowly on dissertation work), but others are very welcome to apply. Some places are reserved in the first instance for Oxford students and staff, but we encourage applications from other UK universities, and if numbers permit we will be delighted to welcome participants from outside the UK as well.

To apply, write by January 21, 2022 to Josephine Quinn ( with a short (c. 100 word) description of your interest in the course, and its potential academic benefits in your case. We will inform successful applicants by January 31, and those studying for a degree will be asked to provide confirmation of support from their academic supervisor.


The earliest Phoenician inscription on the sarcophagus of Ahiram, cica 1000BC, National Museum of Beirut.