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Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Assyriology

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

First year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

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

Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian language: structure and analysis 10
Judeans in Babylonia: The Babylonian Exile in Cuneiform Texts 10
Advanced Sumerian 10
Old Assyrian Archives 10
Hittite: Structure and Analysis 10

Second semester

MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations 20

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

Middle Babylonian Administration 10
Trade and Economy in Ancient Mesopotamia and Anatolia 10
The written legacy of Hittite Anatolia 10
Introduction to the Elamite Language 10
Anatolian Historical Linguistics 10
Minor Anatolian Languages 10

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.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester

Fighting Against Rome. The Jewish Revolts under Nero/Vespasian, Trajan and Hadrian 10
Epigraphy 10
Reading Ancient Egyptian Inscriptions 5
Egyptian Archaeology and Cultural History 5
Research tools in Egyptology 5

Second Semester

Ways of Doing Greek 10
The Archaeology of Ancient Religions: Pagans, Jews and Christians 10
Numismatics of the Ancient World 10