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Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research): Hebrew and Aramaic Studies

Hebrew and Aramaic Studies 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

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester

Core Course: Cultural Contact in the Hellenistic World 10

Electives: select from the following courses (20 EC)

Historical Grammar of Hebrew and Aramaic 10
Cultural History of Aramaic 10
Fighting Against Rome. The Jewish Revolts under Nero/Vespasian, Trajan and Hadrian 10
Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar 10

Second semester

Research School Elective(s) 5/10

Electives: select from the following courses (25 EC)

Reading Source Texts 10
Northwest Semitic Epigraphy 10
The archaeology of ancient religions: Paganism, Judaism, Christianity 5

Second year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester

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

Electives: select from following courses (10 EC)

Comparative Semitics 10
Cultural History of Aramaic 10
Fighting Against Rome. The Jewish Revolts under Nero/Vespasian, Trajan and Hadrian 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 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
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
Ways of Doing Greek 10
Numismatics of the Ancient World 10