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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 courses: 10 EC

Common course: Libraries in the Ancient World 10

Electives: select 20 EC from the following courses

Seminar Greek: Greek Poetry in Rome 10
Tutorial Greek: The Athenian Acropolis - Texts, Terms and Topography 10
Tutorial Latin: Ennius Tragedies 10
Roman Fake News. Documentary Fictions in the Roman World 10
Seminar Ancient Philosophy: Time for Plotinus: Enneads III.7 [45] in context 10
History writing in and on the Achaemenid Empire 10
Material Culture for Ancient Historians 10

Extra curricular course

Core Course: Classics Now! 5/10

Second semester

Compulsory courses: 5 EC

Research School Elective: 5 EC

Select from courses offered by National Research Schools

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

Electives: select 25 EC from the following courses

Seminar Greek: Friendship in the Greek World: forms of relationality, from Homer to Aristotle 10
Seminar Latin: More Than Civil War: Lucan’s Bellum Civile 10
Plato's Timaeus and Critias. Cosmology and History in Defense of Political Utopia 10
Egypt in Late Antiquity 10
Rebel, Prophet, Martyr: Jesus of Nazareth in the Context of his Time 10
Epigraphy 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

Common course: Libraries in the Ancient World 10
MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 5

Research School Elective(s) 5 EC

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

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

Seminar Greek: Greek Poetry in Rome 10
Tutorial Greek: The Athenian Acropolis - Texts, Terms and Topography 10
Tutorial Latin: Ennius Tragedies 10
Roman Fake News. Documentary Fictions in the Roman World 10
Seminar Ancient Philosophy: Time for Plotinus: Enneads III.7 [45] in context 10
History writing in and on the Achaemenid Empire 10
Epigraphy 10
Material Culture for Ancient Historians 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 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

Intermediate Sumerian 5