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Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Assyriology

Assyriology is a specialization of the Master’s program in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. This 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 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:

Please consult the information page for more details on the program and visit our website.


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Students choose 30 ec in total (February 2016 start: 10 ec).

Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian Language: Structure and Analysis 10
Advanced Sumerian 10
The Gilgamesh Epic in Context 10
Amarna Seminar 10
Hittite: Structure and Analysis 5

Second semester

MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (incl. seminar) 20

Elective (10 EC): select one of these courses:

Priests and Temples: Babylonian Religion in Practice 10
Trade and Economy in Ancient Mesopotamia and Anatolia 10
The Written Legacy of Hittite Anatolia 10
Anatolian Historical Linguistics 5

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

Introduction to Middle Egyptian 10
Selected Topics in Egyptian Archaeology 5

Second Semester

Between Jerusalem and Rome: Judaism and Christianity in the First Century 10