What are the classical roots of modern politics? How did religious landscapes interact with political networks? What made the Roman Empire so successful? Why was sport so important to the Greeks?
These are some of the many questions that you can study in Groningen. In Groningen, we offer Ancient History as a one-year Master's track -in English- with a full-time and a part-time tangent. While we cover the whole of antiquity, from archaic Greece to the late Roman Empire, our focus lies on the political, cultural, and religious connectivities of the Mediterranean world. Ancient History in Groningen is interdisciplinary in character and interacts with religious studies, material culture studies, but also with other historical periods. In Groningen, you will become familiar with various theoretical approaches and methodologies, and digital humanities play a strong role in our teaching and research. Our topics range from elite culture to daily life using a wide variety of data – besides literary sources, you will explore ways that inscriptions, papyri, and material culture cast a radically different light on the ancient world.
Ancient History is a track within the Master's degree program in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. Within this track, we offer three specializations:
Ancient History and Culture
Ancient History and Religious Studies
Ancient History and Premodern History
University of Groningen's research on Ancient History covers a wide range, from the Greek Classical period up to and including the Late Roman Empire, and from religion and political representation to network theory.
We are part of the large History department, which provides us with many opportunities for comparative teaching and research. In addition, we enjoy the full advantages of the diverse Groningen expertise in Classical Studies: a thriving Classical Studies department, a good Mediterranean Archaeology department, and a prominent Faculty of Theology. We collaborate intensively with all of these departments in our teaching and research.
Our permanent staff is all active and internationally published researchers with research experience abroad and many international contacts. Our research projects are organized under the title Political Culture, Religion, and Identities from the Hellenistic Period to Late Antiquity. Our research takes place under OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies, and is locally subsumed under ICOG, the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture, and CRASIS, Culture, Religion, and Society in the Ancient World. We are partners in Anchoring Innovation, the research initiative of the research school OIKOS which was awarded a gravitation grant that will allow us to initiate exciting new research projects.