Are you fascinated by antiquity and the cultural history of the Mediterranean region? Keen to go on a study trip and stand face to face with the ancient world?
However much our world now revolves around smartphones, apps and likes, the influence of the ancient world endures to this day. As a student of Ancient Studies, you use historical knowledge to understand contemporary events and phenomena. You explore the visual arts, literature, architecture, for example the pyramids, the Parthenon, the epics of Gilgamesh, Homer and Virgil, and much more. You learn about different cultures and the surprisingly close ties between them. You approach these topics from different disciplinary perspectives, from archaeology and history to language and literature studies. Interested in what students do during a course? Check out this video essay.
You can tailor your degree to your own interests by choosing one of five specialisations: Archaeology, Ancient History, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Ancient Greek or Latin. The programme has a small-scale setup and you enjoy close personal contact with your lecturers. You follow a number of courses together with students from the other ACASA programmes. You will also go on an excursion with them, for example to Sicily.
The Ancient Studies programme is offered in collaboration between the two Amsterdam universities, VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). These institutions have clustered their knowledge and expertise in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). All lectures are delivered on the UvA campus in the city centre, next to the Allard Pierson Museum. This combination makes for an inspiring and stimulating environment.
Would you prefer to follow this programme in Dutch? Take a look at Oudheidwetenschappen.
The start date of this programme is September 1st.