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Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research): Assyriology

Assyriology is a specialization of the Research Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. This Research 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 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:
• Assyriology
Classics
Egyptology
Hebrew and Aramaic Studies

Click on “More information” below for more details about the programme or visit our website.

First year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Students choose 30 EC in total.

Core Course: Cultural Contact in the Hellenistic World 10

Research School Elective

Research School Course: Cuneiform Epigraphy 10

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

Tutorial Akkadian 10
Advanced Sumerian 10
The Sumerian language: structure and analysis 10
Judeans in Babylonia: The Babylonian Exile in Cuneiform Texts 10
Old Assyrian Archives 10
Hittite: Structure and Analysis 10

Second semester

Electives: select 30 EC from the following courses

Middle Babylonian Administration 10
Trade and Economy in Ancient Mesopotamia and Anatolia 10
The written legacy of Hittite Anatolia 10
Introduction to the Elamite Language 10
Minor Anatolian Languages 10
Anatolian Historical Linguistics 10

Second year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Core Course: Cultural Contact in the Hellenistic World 10
MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 5

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

Tutorial Akkadian 10
Advanced Sumerian 10
The Sumerian language: structure and analysis 10
Judeans in Babylonia: The Babylonian Exile in Cuneiform Texts 10
Old Assyrian Archives 10
Hittite: Structure and Analysis 10

Second semester

Thesis Presentation and Research Proposal 5
MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 25

Extra curricular

The courses below are offered by the specializations Classics (History) 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

First Semester

Fighting Against Rome. The Jewish Revolts under Nero/Vespasian, Trajan and Hadrian 10
Epigraphy 10
Reading Ancient Egyptian Inscriptions 5
Egyptian Archaeology and Cultural History 5
Research tools in Egyptology 5

Second Semester

The Archaeology of Ancient Religions: Pagans, Jews and Christians 10
Ways of Doing Greek 10
Numismatics of the Ancient World 10