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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

10 EC compulsory courses

Common course: Libraries in the Ancient World 10

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

Advanced Sumerian 10
History writing in and on the Achaemenid Empire 10
Middle Assyrian History and Texts 10
Scholarly Networks of First Millennium BCE Assyria and Babylonia 10
Anatolian Languages: Hittite and Luwian 5
Anatolian Historical Linguistics 5
Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian Language: Structure and Analysis 5

Research school elective: 10 EC

Select from courses offered by National Research Schools

Research School Courses (ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations) 5/10
Advanced Cuneiform Epigraphy 10

Second semester

Electives: select 30 EC from the following courses

Biblical Text in Mesopotamian Context 10
Old Assyrian Archives 10
Legal texts in 1st millennium BCE Assyria and Babylonia 10
The Written Legacy of Hittite Anatolia 10
Intermediate Sumerian 5

Second year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

15 EC compulsory courses

Common course: Libraries in the Ancient World 10
MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 5

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

Advanced Sumerian 10
History writing in and on the Achaemenid Empire 10
Middle Assyrian History and Texts 10
Scholarly Networks of First Millennium BCE Assyria and Babylonia 10
Anatolian Historical Linguistics 5
The Sumerian Language: Structure and Analysis 5

Research school elective: 10 EC

Select from courses offered by National Research Schools

Research School Courses (ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations) 5/10
Advanced Cuneiform Epigraphy 10

Second semester

30 EC compulsory courses

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

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.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Introduction to Middle Egyptian and the Hieroglyphic Script 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