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Uncover the Ancient World

The Master's programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations comprises two tracks of 60 EC each.

The 60 EC includes two core courses either in Classics or in Ancient Studies (12 EC), two interdisciplinary courses (12 EC), a term paper on a topic of your own interest, two Research Projects or electives in either Classics or Ancient Studies (12 EC), and the Master’s thesis (18 EC).

Students who wish to pursue a career as a teacher of Classics, will be able to meet the disciplinary entry requirements of the Educational Master's (42 EC in Classics).

Within the track Ancient Studies, it is also possible to specialize in Akkadian.

Facts and figures

The Study Programme

Core courses, Interdisciplinary courses, Research Projects, Electives and Thesis

The objectives of the two core courses within the track Classics (period 1 and 2) are to deepen the understanding of modern literary and linguistic theory in Classics, post-classical Greek and Latin. The two core courses of the track Ancient Studies (period 1 and 2) intend to deepen the understanding of concepts and methods in ancient history and ancient studies with literary, epigraphic, and iconographical sources.

The interdisciplinary courses (period 1 and 2) aim at training your disciplinary reading skills whilst at the same time sparking a cross-disciplinary dialogue between literary and historical approaches to texts. They also teach you how to apply modern theories from the social sciences for a better understanding of ancient textual or material sources.

In the second semester, you will participate in small groups in two Research Projects which are closely associated with research by faculty staff, or, alternatively, you will take electives, which include the courses of the national MasterLanguage programme, such as Greek epigraphy in Athens, Latin epigraphy in Rome, or Canonicity. For Ancient Studies it is possible to take electives from the Archaeology Programme in ACASA. It is also possible to do an internship, for example, at a museum or a publishing house.

Finally, you will write your Master’s Thesis in your own area of research. The writing of the Master’s Thesis is an important part of the programme, enabling you to conduct original research under the supervision of one of a staff member. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by you and your supervisor. A Master’s thesis seminar is offered to prepare you for the assignment. Thanks to the cooperation between the two universities, VU Amsterdam and UvA, a wide array of topics is open for supervision.

You will find a more detailed study programme in our study guide.

Summary

If you choose the track Classics, you will receive excellent training in Greek and Latin language and literature from Homer to Late Antiquity, including linguistics, intertextuality, narratology, and reception.

Courses

Period 1

    • (Core course) The Language of Literature in Odyssey XI and Aeneid VI
    • (Interdisciplinary course) Story vs. History: Borders and Barbarians

Period 2

    • (Core course) Echoing Texts and Themes: Medea, Intertextual Heroine
    • Choose between: (Interdisciplinary course) The Ancient World & Modern Theory: Female Perspectives or (MasterLanguage) Creative Imitation in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Latin Literature

Period 3

Choose between: Term Paper plus Conference or (MasterLanguage) Greek Epigraphy

Period 4

Choose between: (Research Project) Rare, miraculous, and strange plants in the Greco-Roman World or (Research Project) Everyday writing: Working with the papyri of the Allard Pierson Museum or Latin Epigraphy

Period 5

Choose between: (Research Project) Body Prints: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Identity and Presence in Ancient Material Sources or (Research Project) The Symposion: Reality and phantasy in the or

(MasterLanguage) Canonicity: Highlights from Greek Literature

Period 4-6

Master Thesis

You will find the study programme in our studyguide.

Summary

In the track Ancient Civilizations you will specialize in themes related to Ancient Studies, such as religion, gender and urban history.

Courses

Period 1

    • (Core course) Politics and Society: Rome and the Creation of Empire
    • (Interdisciplinary course) Story vs. History: Borders and Barbarians

Period 2

    • (Core course) Religion and Society: From Constantine to Muhammad
    • (Interdisciplinary course) The Ancient World & Modern Theory: Female Perspectives

Period 3

Choose between: Term Paper plus Conference or (MasterLanguage) Greek Epigraphy

Period 4

Choose between: (Research Project) Rare, miraculous, and strange plants in the Greco-Roman World or (Research Project) Everyday writing: Working with the papyri of the Allard Pierson Museum or (MasterLanguage) Latin Epigraphy

Period 5

Choose between: (Research Project) Body Prints: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Identity and Presence in Ancient Material Sources or (Research Project) The Symposion: Reality and phantasy in the or

Master Seminar Akkadian or Ancient Judaism: Ethnicity, Politics, Religion

Period 4-6

Master Thesis

You will find the study programme in our studyguide.

  • Classics

    Summary

    If you choose the track Classics, you will receive excellent training in Greek and Latin language and literature from Homer to Late Antiquity, including linguistics, intertextuality, narratology, and reception.

    Courses

    Period 1

      • (Core course) The Language of Literature in Odyssey XI and Aeneid VI
      • (Interdisciplinary course) Story vs. History: Borders and Barbarians

    Period 2

      • (Core course) Echoing Texts and Themes: Medea, Intertextual Heroine
      • Choose between: (Interdisciplinary course) The Ancient World & Modern Theory: Female Perspectives or (MasterLanguage) Creative Imitation in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Latin Literature

    Period 3

    Choose between: Term Paper plus Conference or (MasterLanguage) Greek Epigraphy

    Period 4

    Choose between: (Research Project) Rare, miraculous, and strange plants in the Greco-Roman World or (Research Project) Everyday writing: Working with the papyri of the Allard Pierson Museum or Latin Epigraphy

    Period 5

    Choose between: (Research Project) Body Prints: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Identity and Presence in Ancient Material Sources or (Research Project) The Symposion: Reality and phantasy in the or

    (MasterLanguage) Canonicity: Highlights from Greek Literature

    Period 4-6

    Master Thesis

    You will find the study programme in our studyguide.

  • Ancient Studies

    Summary

    In the track Ancient Civilizations you will specialize in themes related to Ancient Studies, such as religion, gender and urban history.

    Courses

    Period 1

      • (Core course) Politics and Society: Rome and the Creation of Empire
      • (Interdisciplinary course) Story vs. History: Borders and Barbarians

    Period 2

      • (Core course) Religion and Society: From Constantine to Muhammad
      • (Interdisciplinary course) The Ancient World & Modern Theory: Female Perspectives

    Period 3

    Choose between: Term Paper plus Conference or (MasterLanguage) Greek Epigraphy

    Period 4

    Choose between: (Research Project) Rare, miraculous, and strange plants in the Greco-Roman World or (Research Project) Everyday writing: Working with the papyri of the Allard Pierson Museum or (MasterLanguage) Latin Epigraphy

    Period 5

    Choose between: (Research Project) Body Prints: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Identity and Presence in Ancient Material Sources or (Research Project) The Symposion: Reality and phantasy in the or

    Master Seminar Akkadian or Ancient Judaism: Ethnicity, Politics, Religion

    Period 4-6

    Master Thesis

    You will find the study programme in our studyguide.

What alumni say

What alumni say

"The programme has generally exceeded my expectations. Teaching is almost always of an excellent standard and students feel enthusiastic about taking part in class discussions. Whilst the workload can be challenging, this helps to assure students that they have been admitted to a prestigious and competitive programme at an excellent institution." - Lily Fell, Ancient Studies student

Why study Classics and Ancient Civilizations in Amsterdam?

  • You will receive excellent training in either classical linguistics, intertextuality, narratology, and post-classical Greek and Latin or gain an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural and religious history of Ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East;
  • You will be able to follow and develop your personal interests, among others by tapping into the wide array of expertise of eminent scholars at UvA and VU Amsterdam;
  • Amsterdam is an international metropolis with a small-city feel. It is a welcoming place to live and study and English is widely spoken.

Student association

Synkratos is an association for students who study Classics or Ancient Studies. Established in 1988, we welcome everyone who is interested in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. Each year, we offer a variety of social and cultural activities, including lectures, evenings with board games, visits to museums and sporting activities. We also offer a cultural trip once a year to an appealing destination linked to the ancient world.

Classics and Ancient Civilizations in part-time mode

At the UvA, the programme is also offered in part-time study mode, in which case it takes two years. You can obtain a maximum of 30 EC per year (12-18 EC per semester). As a part-time student you will follow the programme with full-time students.

Switching to a Research Master’s programme

Students who show exceptional potential during the regular Master’s programme are encouraged to continue their studies in one of our selective Research Master’s programmes. If you decide to switch programmes and are admitted before the start of the second semester, you will be able to transfer all credits earned in the first semester to your Research Master’s degree. If you decide to join later, the Examinations Board will determine which courses qualify for the Research Master’s programme.

Within ACASA, there are two Research Master’s programmes that are suitable for continuing your studies:

Change your future with the Classics and Ancient Civilizations programme

Change your future with the Classics and Ancient Civilizations programme

After a Master CAC, you can follow an Educational Master’s programme to become a fully qualified secondary school teacher, or you can start working in the field of cultural heritage and musea, in journalism, publishing, or as a policy maker in government (local, provincial or state level).

Explore your future prospects
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Questions about the programme?

Please contact the programme coordinator