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Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics

The Classics programme includes Greek and Latin literature and/or linguistics, and a limited number of courses from the cultural-historical disciplines. Students in Classics take at least 45 EC in Greek and Latin literature or linguistics (including a Master’s thesis of 20 EC), with at least 10 EC seminars/tutorials for each language. The programme also contains an elective course, in which cultural-historical subjects (Ancient History, Classical Archeology, or Ancient Philosophy) and/or languages may be included.

Classics 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:

Please consult the information page for more details on the program and visit our website.


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Students choose 30 ec in total (February 2018 start: 10 ec).

Core Course

Students starting in September 2017 are required to take this course with a minimum of 5 ec.

Classics and Ancient Civilization - MA-Seminar 5
Core Course: Classics Now! 5/10

Courses Greek and Latin

Seminar Greek: Peitho: the Power of Persuasion. Famous Speeches from Homer to Pericles and Demosthenes 5/10
Seminar Latin: Roman Republican Tragedy 5/10
Tutorial Latin (OIKOS) Reading Neo-Latin Literature. Occasion and Intertext 10

Cultural Historical Courses

Epigraphy 10
Coping with Versnel: Debating Ancient Religions 10
From Top to Toe: the Body in Antiquity 10

Second semester

Students choose 10 ec courses in total (February 2017 start: 30 ec) and write their MA Thesis.

MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (incl. seminar) 15
Classics and Ancient Civilization - MA-Seminar 5

Courses Greek and Latin

Seminar Greek: Aeschylus Agamemnon 10
Tutorial Greek: Protagoras of Abdera: Sources, Echoes, Interactions 5
Seminar Latin: Petronius Satyrica 10

Cultural Historical Courses

The End of Politics? Roman Political Culture in Late Antiquity 10
Seminar Ancient Philosophy: The Course of History: Ideas of “Primitivism”, “Progress”, and “Decline” in Greek thought 10
Globalization and its Impact. Intercultural Contact in the Ancient World 10
Numismatics: A Practical Guide 10
Plato's Politeia 10

Extra curricular

The courses below are offered by the specializations Assyriology 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

Core Course Medieval and Early Modern Studies 5/10
Historical Grammar of Latin 10

Second Semester

Palaeography of the Greek Papyri and Edition Technique of Papyrus Documents 5