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Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research): Assyriology

Assyriology is a specialization of the Research Master’s program in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. This Research Master program is unique in the Netherlands in the breadth of its subject matter, the historical periods covered and the multidisciplinary approach of its study. Characteristic for the Research Master is its focus on reading ancient texts in their original languages, and discussing the different interpretations the texts allow.

Students may specialize in one of four tracks:

See the information page for more details on the program or visit our website.

First year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

10 EC compulsory courses

Common Course: Herodotus and Ancient Civilizations 10

Elective(s): select 10-20 EC from the following courses

Advanced Cuneiform Epigraphy 10
Akkadian Literary Texts 10
The Ancient Near Eastern Royal Court in Diachronic Perspective 10
Tutorial Akkadian 10
Tutorial Sumerian 5
Anatolian Languages: Hittite and Luwian 5
Advanced Sumerian 10

Research school elective: 10 EC

Select from courses offered by National Research Schools

The Mycenaean World: Language 5
The Mycenaean World: Culture 5
Communicating through clay in the Ancient Near East 10

Second semester

Electives: select 30 EC from the following courses

Historians of Babylon from 750 to 100 BCE 10
Old Assyrian Archives 10
Seminar in Assyriology: Neo-Assyrian History and Texts 10
The Written Legacy of Hittite Anatolia 10
Anatolian Historical Linguistics 10
Sumerian Literature: Gudea 5

Second year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

15 EC compulsory courses

MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 5
Common Course: Herodotus and Ancient Civilizations 10

Elective(s): select 5-15 EC from the following courses

Advanced Cuneiform Epigraphy 10
The Ancient Near Eastern Royal Court in Diachronic Perspective 10
Advanced Akkadian 10
Tutorial Akkadian 10
Anatolian Languages: Hittite and Luwian 5
Advanced Sumerian 10

Research school elective: 10 EC

Select from courses offered by National Research Schools

The Mycenaean World: Language 5
The Mycenaean World: Culture 5

Second semester

30 EC compulsory courses

MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 25
Thesis Seminar 5

Extra curricular courses

The courses below are offered by the Classics and Ancient Civilizations program (or related programs), and are accessible for all students in the (Research) MA program Classics and Ancient Civilizations. The courses are not part of the Assyriology program, but can be taken as extra curricular courses.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Introduction to Middle Egyptian 10
Selected Topics in Egyptian Archaeology 5

Second semester

Greek Papyrology 10
Rebel, Prophet, Martyr: Jesus of Nazareth in the Context of his Time 10