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Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics

The Classics programme includes Greek and Latin literature and/or linguistics, and a limited number of courses from the cultural-historical disciplines. Students in Classics take at least 45 EC in Greek and Latin literature or linguistics (including a Master’s thesis of 20 EC), with at least 10 EC seminars/tutorials for each language. The programme also contains an elective course, in which cultural-historical subjects (Ancient History, Classical Archeology, or Ancient Philosophy) and/or languages may be included.

Classics is a specialization of the Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. This Master programme 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 Master is its focus on reading ancient texts in their original languages, and discussing the different interpretations the texts allow. The student may specialize in one of four tracks:

First year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Students choose 30 EC in total (February start: 10 EC).

Courses Greek and Latin

Seminar Greek: The Sublime: Longinus in Context 10
Tutorial Greek: Writing about writing. Images of speaking and writing in the Greek world 10
Tutorial Latin: Intertextuality and Heritage Construction in Latin Literature 10
Seminar Latin: (Per-)Forming Comedy: Plautus, Amphitruo 10

Cultural historical courses

Debating the Ancient Economy 10
Fighting Against Rome. The Jewish Revolts under Nero/Vespasian, Trajan and Hadrian 10
Epigraphy 10

Second semester

Students choose 10 EC courses in total (February start: 30 EC) and they write their MA Thesis.

MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations 20

Courses Greek and Latin

Seminar Greek: Homer Iliad 16: Close Reading, Slow Reading, Re-Reading 10
Tutorial Greek: Hesiod and the Presocratics: Poetry, Cosmogony, Ethics 10
Seminar Latin/Ancient Philosophy: Lucretius: poet and philosopher 10

Cultural historical courses

Roman North Africa: A Stolen Continent 10
De anima 2.0: Aristotelian Psychology in the Hands of Alexander of Aphrodisias 200 AD 10
How I Met Your Mother: Relations of Family, Friendship and Clients in Ancient Rome 10
Ways of Doing Greek 10
Numismatics of the Ancient World 10
The Archaeology of Ancient Religions: Pagans, Jews and Christians 10

Extra curricular

The courses below are offered by the specializations Assyriology and Egyptology, and are accessible for all students in the (Research) MA program Classics and Ancient Civilizations. The courses are not part of the regular MA program of your own specialization, but can be taken as extra curricular courses.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Privatissimum Greek: Protagoras of Abdera: Sources, Echoes, Interactions 10

First Semester

Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian language: structure and analysis 10
Judeans in Babylonia: The Babylonian Exile in Cuneiform Texts 10
Reading Ancient Egyptian Inscriptions 5
Research tools in Egyptology 5
Egyptian Archaeology and Cultural History 5

Second Semester

Introduction to the Elamite Language 10