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Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research): Assyriology

Assyriology 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

Compulsory course: 10 EC

Common Course: The Commentary: Paratexts and Metatexts 10

Elective(s): select 20 EC from the following courses

Advanced Cuneiform Epigraphy 10
Royal Inscriptions from the Assyrian to the Persian Empire 10
Akkadian Literary Texts 10
Epic Tales from the Ancient World 10
Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian Language: Structure and Analysis 5
Advanced Sumerian 10
Hittite: Structure and Analysis 5

Second semester

Electives: select 30 EC from the following courses

Intermediate Sumerian 5
Old Assyrian Archives 10
The Written Legacy of Hittite Anatolia 10
The Epic of Erra: Text and Context 10
Aramaization of Assyria 10
Anatolian Historical Linguistics 5

Second year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Compulsory course: 15 EC

MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 5
Common Course: The Commentary: Paratexts and Metatexts 10

Elective(s): select 15 EC from the following courses

Advanced Cuneiform Epigraphy 10
Royal Inscriptions from the Assyrian to the Persian Empire 10
Epic Tales from the Ancient World 10
Akkadian Literary Texts 10
Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian Language: Structure and Analysis 5
Advanced Sumerian 10
Hittite: Structure and Analysis 5

Second semester

Compulsory courses: 30 EC

Thesis Presentation and Research Proposal 5
MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 25

Extra curricular courses

The courses below are offered by the Classics and Ancient Civilizations program (or related programs), and are accessible for all students in the (Research) MA program Classics and Ancient Civilizations. The courses are not part of the Assyriology program, but can be taken as extra curricular courses.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Introduction to Middle Egyptian and the Hieroglyphic Script 10
Selected Topics in Egyptian Archaeology 5

Second semester

Greek Papyrology 10
Lactantius, De mortibus persecutorum and the Enemies of Christianity 10