The Master’s in Ancient and Medival Mediterranean Worlds offers an in-depth examination both of the city of Rome and its role as the capital of the Roman Empire, and of the representation of the ‘idea' of Rome throughout the centuries. Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Worlds presents a unique programme that focuses as much on the transition between ancient and medieval history as on those periods themselves. A group of specialists from the fields of ancient and medieval history teach this specialisation. Their expertise also includes the status of Rome beyond the Middle Ages into the Renaissance and modern times as well.

The general courses

Historiography and Theory
This course offers in-depth analysis of both the city of Rome and its role as the capital of the Roman Empire, and of the ‘idea’ of Rome throughout the centuries, embracing both the old and New or Second Rome, Constantinople. This course provides a historiographical overview of the ways in which different aspects of Rome appealed to the imagination of rulers and writers throughout history, starting from Mussolini in the 20th century and going back to the first emperor of the Roman Empire, Augustus.

Research Seminar: Civilisations in Crisis: the Ideology of Crisis in Ancient and Medieval Europe
In this course we will explore a number of societal crises that befell ancient Rome and its western European successor states, studying both the background of the crises and cultural, social and political (or rather, 'ideological') responses to these societal challenges. We will specifically focus on the mechanisms that are at play when past narratives are employed for contemporary aims.

Research Seminar: Ceremonies as Invented Tradition

Triumphs, processions and public religious ceremonies were key ways in which the identity of Rome was shaped and communicated. In this course, we will explore the many layers of ceremonial life in Rome and beyond, explore anthropological and sociological approaches to the questions how and why such traditions were 'invented'.

In this English-taught specialisation, you will come to understand the field that is buzzing with creativity: where art meets commerce, and where culture generates innovation and social cohesion.

  • Furthermore, you can personalise your schedule by choosing different electives. More information can be found on our website.

Why study Anciend and Medieval Mediterranean Worlds at Radboud University??

  • Our focus on Rome is unique as the specialisation captures both the Byzantine history as well Western European developments
  • Beside intrinsic knowledge of Rome, you’ll also learn important skills such as being able to select, analyse and interpret pertinent historical information.
  • Our staff has a wide network that includes contacts at the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome and the Netherlands Institute in Turkey. They can point you in the right direction if you want an internship or other opportunities in the field during your studies.
  • Students may also write their Master's thesis in French, Italian, or German if that is their native tongue.
  • International students looking for a semester abroad could opt for half a year in this Master’s specialisation, namely by following the courses in the first semester at Radboud University.
  • Our programme is broad as well as multidisciplinary.
  • Our programme is taught using a wide variety of teaching methods and assignments.
  • You’ll be taught in a stimulating, collegial setting with small groups.
  • Research and education are closely interwoven.

Admission Requirements

  1. A completed Bachelor's degree in History (USA = major in History) or BA/MA degrees in related fields like Greek and Latin or Archaeology
  2. A proficiency in English
    In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
  • A TOEFL score of ≥90
  • An IELTS score of ≥6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

Please note: this is a selective programme. Interviews might form part of the application procedure.

For those who don't meet the requirements

If you do not meet these admission requirements, it may be possible to take a one-year pre-master's programme and enrol in the Master’s programme a year later, after successful completion of the pre-Masters.

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Last updated December 10, 2018
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Master's specialisation in Eternal Rome