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

Electives (select 20 EC from the following courses)

Seminar Greek: Peitho: the Power of Persuasion. Famous Speeches from Homer to Pericles and Demosthenes 5/10
Seminar Latin: Roman Republican Tragedy 5/10
Coping with Versnel: Debating Ancient Religions 10
Epigraphy 10
From Top to Toe: the Body in Antiquity 10

Research School Elective

Research School Courses (ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations) 5/10
Tutorial Latin (OIKOS) Reading Neo-Latin Literature. Occasion and Intertext 10

Second Semester

Seminar Greek: Aeschylus Agamemnon 10
Tutorial Greek: Protagoras of Abdera: Sources, Echoes, Interactions 5
Seminar Latin: Petronius Satyrica 10
The End of Politics? Roman Political Culture in Late Antiquity 10
Seminar Ancient Philosophy: The Course of History: Ideas of “Primitivism”, “Progress”, and “Decline” in Greek thought 10
Globalization and its Impact. Intercultural Contact in the Ancient World 10
Numismatics: A Practical Guide 10
Plato's Politeia 10

Research School Elective

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

Electives (select 25 EC from the following courses)

Second year

Vak 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 10 EC from the following courses

Seminar Greek: Peitho: the Power of Persuasion. Famous Speeches from Homer to Pericles and Demosthenes 5/10
Seminar Latin: Roman Republican Tragedy 5/10
Coping with Versnel: Debating Ancient Religions 10
Epigraphy 10

Research School Elective(s)

Research School Courses (ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations) 5/10
Tutorial Latin (OIKOS) Reading Neo-Latin Literature. Occasion and Intertext 10

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 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! 5/10
Core Course Medieval and Early Modern Studies 5/10

Second Semester