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Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research): Classics

Classics 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

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester

Common Course: Commentary: Paratext and Metatext 10

Electives (select 20 EC from the following courses)

Seminar Greek: 'For the Form': A Comparison of Xenophon’s Anabasis and Cyropaedia 5 or 10
Tutorial Greek: Iliad 18: a Reflection on the Limits of Epic Poetry 5 or 10
Tutorial Latin: Exclusus Poeta: Ovid's Tristia 5 or 10
Seminar Presocratic Philosophy: the Conflictive Origins of a New Intellectual Practice 10
The Last Pagan. Julian Apostata as Emperor and Intellectual 10
Epigraphy 10
Debating the Ancient Economy 10

Research School Elective

Research School Courses (ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations) 5/10
The Mycenaean World: Culture 5
The Mycenaean World: Language 5

Second Semester

Research School Elective

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

Electives (select 25 EC from the following courses)

Seminar Greek: Myth, Poetry, Dialectic: Reading Plato's Protagoras 5 or 10
Seminar Latin: Classical Commentaries – Do It Yourself 10
Tutorial Latin: Cicero's Consulship - Intertextual and Intergeneric Self-Fashioning 10
Between Jerusalem and Rome: Judaism and Christianity in the First Century 10
From Dusk till Dawn: the Ancient World at Night 10
Roman North Africa: A Stolen Continent 10
Alexander of Aphrodisias On Fate, or How Human Beings Escape Determinism 10

Second year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Common Course: Commentary: Paratext and Metatext 10
MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 5

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

Seminar Greek: 'For the Form': A Comparison of Xenophon’s Anabasis and Cyropaedia 5 or 10
Tutorial Greek: Iliad 18: a Reflection on the Limits of Epic Poetry 5 or 10
Tutorial Latin: Exclusus Poeta: Ovid's Tristia 5 or 10
The Last Pagan. Julian Apostata as Emperor and Intellectual 10
Debating the Ancient Economy 10
Epigraphy 10

Research School Elective(s)

Research School Courses (ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations) 5/10
The Mycenaean World: Language 5
The Mycenaean World: Culture 5

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 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

Core Course: Classics Now! 5 or 10
The Gilgamesh Epic in Context 10
Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian Language: Structure and Analysis 10
Introduction to Middle Egyptian 10
Selected Topics in Egyptian Archaeology 5

Second Semester

Greek Papyrology 10
Priests and Temples: Babylonian Religion in Practice 10