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Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Assyriology

Assyriology is a specialization of the Master’s program in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. This 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 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:

Please consult the information page for more details on the program and visit our website.


Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Students choose 30 ec in total (February 2018 start: 10 ec).

Classics and Ancient Civilization - MA-Seminar 5

Elective (30 EC): select one of these courses:

Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian Language: Structure and Analysis 10
Advanced Sumerian 10
“Feeding the Gods: Temple Sacrifice and Meat Distribution in the Eastern Mediterranean and Mesopotamia” 10
Amarna Seminar 10
Hittite: Structure and Analysis 5

Second semester

Classics and Ancient Civilization - MA-Seminar 5
MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (incl. seminar) 15

Elective (10 EC): select one of these courses:

Babylonian Medicine and Pharmacology 10
Old Assyrian Archives 10
Research Seminar: Persia and Babylonia 10
The Written Legacy of Hittite Anatolia 10
Anatolian Historical Linguistics 5

Extra curricular

The courses below are offered by the specializations 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

Core Course Medieval and Early Modern Studies 5/10

Second Semester