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Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Hebrew and Aramaic Studies

Hebrew and Aramaic Languages and Cultures 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

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Historical Grammar of Hebrew and Aramaic 10
Cultural History of Aramaic 10
Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar 10

Second semester

MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations 20

Elective: select one of these courses:

Reading Source Texts 10
Northwest Semitic Epigraphy 10

Extra curricular

The courses below are offered by the specializations Assyriology, 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.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester

Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian language: structure and analysis 10
Judeans in Babylonia: The Babylonian Exile in Cuneiform Texts 10
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

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