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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: Herodotus and Ancient Civilizations 10

Electives: select 20 EC from the following courses

Seminar Greek: Greek Responses to Rome: Migrant Literature in the Early Roman Empire 10
Seminar Latin: Seneca’s Agamemnon 10
The Ancient Silk Roads: Global Connectivity & Innovation 10
Seminar Ancient Philosophy: Time for Plotinus: Enneads III.7 [45] in context 10
Research Workshop: Roman Numismatics (10 EC) 10

Extra curricular course

Core Course: Classics Now! 5/10
Core Course Medieval and Early Modern Studies 10

Second semester

Compulsory courses: 5 EC

Electives: select 25 EC from the following courses

Seminar Greek: Friendship in Greek literature 10
Seminar Latin: Epic Transformations: Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica 10
Plotinus on Beauty and Love: A Neoplatonic Reading Plato’s Symposium 10
A global revolution? Change and innovation in Afro-Eurasia (250 BC – AD 250) 10
"A Jew for the Jews and a Greek for the Greeks". Paul of Tarsos and the Expansion of Early Christianity 10
Greek Papyrology 10
Palaeography of the Greek Papyri and Edition Technique of Papyrus Documents 5

Research School Elective: 5 EC

Select from courses offered by National Research Schools

The Mycenaean World: Language 5
The Mycenaean World: Culture 5
Reading Neo-Latin Literature. Occasion and Intertext 10

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: Herodotus and Ancient Civilizations 10

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

Seminar Greek: Greek Responses to Rome: Migrant Literature in the Early Roman Empire 10
Pindar and Epinician Poetry 10
Seminar Latin: Seneca’s Agamemnon 10
The Ancient Silk Roads: Global Connectivity & Innovation 10
Seminar Ancient Philosophy: Time for Plotinus: Enneads III.7 [45] in context 10
Research Workshop: Roman Numismatics (10 EC) 10

Research School Elective(s) 5 EC

The Mycenaean World: Language 5
The Mycenaean World: Culture 5
Reading Neo-Latin Literature. Occasion and Intertext 10

Second semester

Compulsory courses: 30 EC

MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 25
Thesis Seminar 5

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
Tutorial Sumerian 5
Introduction to Middle Egyptian 10
Selected Topics in Egyptian Archaeology 5

Second semester

Sumerian Literature: Gudea 5