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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

Compulsory course: 10 EC

Common Course: The Commentary: Paratexts and Metatexts 10

Electives: select 20 EC from the following courses

Seminar Greek: The Other Socrates: Xenophon's Socratic Dialogues 10
Tutorial Greek: The Athenian Acropolis - Texts, Terms and Topography 10
Seminar Latin: Lucretius, De Rerum Natura 5/10
Tutorial Latin: Seneca Thyestes 5/10
Psychology, Ethics, and Education from Antiquity to the Present 10
The Last Pagan. Julian Apostata as Emperor and Intellectual 10
Epigraphy 10
Epic Tales from the Ancient World 10

Second semester

Research School Elective: 5 EC

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

Electives: select 25 EC from the following courses

Seminar Greek: What Greek Myths Do 10
Tutorial Greek: Greeks on the History of Their Language 10
Seminar Latin: Classical Reception in Florence in the 15th century: Historiography, Exempla, Typology 10
Tutorial Latin: Fake Poetry: The Appendix Vergiliana 10
Seminar Ancient Philosophy: The Theaetetus of Plato 5/10
‘Everyone will fear you’: powerful objects in ancient religions 10
Diversities of doing Greek. ‘Hellenisation’ and ‘Hellenism’ in ancient Eurasia 10
Alexander of Aphrodisias On Fate, or How Human Beings Escape Determinism 10
Lactantius, De mortibus persecutorum and the Enemies of Christianity 10
Numismatics: A Practical Guide 10
Greek Papyrology 10
Palaeography of the Greek Papyri and Edition Technique of Papyrus Documents 5

Second year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Compulsory courses: 15 EC

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

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

Seminar Greek: The Other Socrates: Xenophon's Socratic Dialogues 10
Tutorial Greek: The Athenian Acropolis - Texts, Terms and Topography 10
Seminar Latin: Lucretius, De Rerum Natura 5/10
Tutorial Latin: Seneca Thyestes 5/10
The Last Pagan. Julian Apostata as Emperor and Intellectual 10
Epic Tales from the Ancient World 10
Psychology, Ethics, and Education from Antiquity to the Present 10
Epigraphy 10

Research School Elective(s) 5 EC

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

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 Classics program, 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
The Emperor in the Roman World 10
Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian Language: Structure and Analysis 5
Introduction to Middle Egyptian and the Hieroglyphic Script 10
Selected Topics in Egyptian Archaeology 5

Second semester

The unification of the Mediterranean 10
Intermediate Sumerian 5