Ancient Studies (Classics and Ancient Civilizations)

In the Master’s programme Ancient Studies, you will explore Greek and Roman Antiquity through a unique combination of historical, literary, and archaeological approaches.

Transcending disciplinary boundaries

Hardly a single question on ancient society or culture can be solved if one limits the evidence to either written sources or archaeological material. Therefore the Master’s in Ancient Studies is designed as a multi-disciplinary programme. It offers a unique combination of historical, literary, and archaeological approaches from which the student can make a choice. In addition, it is possible to specialise in ancient philosophy or religion, and the study of one of the classical languages or Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian can be included in the programme.

Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies

The core courses of the programme are 'Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies I and II', both of which introduce students to some of the most pertinent debates within the field and give due attention to interdisciplinary research. Depending on your interests, you can specialise in Ancient History, Archaeology, Ancient Thought and Religion, Latin or Greek Language and Culture, as well as Mesopotamian Language and Culture from the first millennium BC. Electives deal with themes such as Greek culture in Imperial Rome, City Life in the Roman Empire or Imagining the Divine in Context. It is also possible to include elective courses from the Master’s programmes Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics.

ACASA: Classics and Ancient Civilizations in Amsterdam

As of September 2012, the Master’s programmes Archaeology, and Classics and Ancient Civilizations will be jointly provided by the VU University Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) via the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). Through this partnership, both universities are able to provide the broadest educational package the Netherlands has to offer in the field of Classical Antiquity.

Amsterdam has its own Antiquity museum, the Allard Pierson museum, which houses a special collection of artefacts from Egypt, as well as a large collection of ceramics, glass and bronzes from Greek and Roman Antiquity. The museum is closely involved with the education of ACASA.

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Degree certificate

Ancient Studies is an accredited degree programme of Classics and Ancient Civilizations. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations and the title Master of Arts (MA).


MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations
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