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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

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Common Course "Cultural Contacts": Remembering the Dead. Concepts and Practices around Death, Burial and Afterlife in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures 10

Research School Elective

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

Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian Language: Structure and Analysis 10
Advanced Sumerian 10
“Feeding the Gods: Temple Sacrifice and Meat Distribution in the Eastern Mediterranean and Mesopotamia” 10
Amarna Seminar 10
Hittite: Structure and Analysis 5

Second semester

Electives: select 30 EC from the following courses

Babylonian Medicine and Pharmacology 10
Old Assyrian Archives 10
Research Seminar: Persia and Babylonia 10
The Written Legacy of Hittite Anatolia 10
Anatolian Historical Linguistics 5

Second year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 5
Common Course "Cultural Contacts": Remembering the Dead. Concepts and Practices around Death, Burial and Afterlife in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures 10

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

Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian Language: Structure and Analysis 10
Advanced Sumerian 10
“Feeding the Gods: Temple Sacrifice and Meat Distribution in the Eastern Mediterranean and Mesopotamia” 10
Amarna Seminar 10
Hittite: Structure and Analysis 5

Second semester

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

Core Course Medieval and Early Modern Studies 5/10

Second Semester