A masters degree program in classical studies is ideal for people who want to develop and improve on their research as well as analytical skills. It is also beneficial to those who want to upgrade their qualifications and for those with a passion for the classical studies looking for something to challenge them intellectually. The masters program is both challenging and fun for students enrolled in the program.
There are several interesting fields that a master in classical studies can pursue their interests in: Greek and roman histories topping the list. The literature, material cultures, history and philosophy of the two historical empires and ways of approaching the content with a tradition that is both scholarly and fast moving. Personal interests should guide the students in choosing the field that interest them before embarking on specializing in it.
A masters program in classical studies provides a foundation that lays particular stress on the research tools and the methodologies for advanced studies in the field. Critical thinking as well as independent thinking are just some of the skills acquired by the end of the masters degree in classical studies. The program is also comes in handy as it lays a strong foundation for students who would like to proceed to earn a doctorate degree in classical studies or philosophy.
The Joint Masters in Classical Philology offers a new framework for teaching and research in different areas of knowledge that are integrated with the common denominator of study Classical World, their languages and their survival. [+]
The study of the texts, literatures, and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome offers a treasure trove of information. This information is of the highest... [+]
Master in Classics
Classics as a discipline is alive and kicking. The study of the texts, literatures, and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome offers a treasure trove of information. This information is of the highest interest in itself but is also highly relevant to our present day culture. Do you consider it a challenge to nuance the image of Greco-Roman antiquity, as well as make new links between the present and the past? In that case the Master's in Classics is the programme for you. This Master's programme combines linguistics, literature, and cultural history. Its special profiles are narratology and discourse linguistics, intertextuality and reception, and ancient thought.The world of Greco-Roman antiquity has many facets and hence Classics embraces many disciplines. You will be analysing representative primary sources much more in-depth than was the case during the Bachelor’s phase. Choosing your own areas of interest you will be introduced into scholarly debates and learn to handle the academic instruments to contribute yourself to those discussions. In addition, you will be shown how to relate your specialist, critical knowledge of antiquity to texts and other cultural phenomena from later periods.... [-]
The Master’s programme Ancient Studies does not adhere to disciplinary boundaries. There is almost not a single question which can be answered solely from... [+]
Master in Ancient studies
The Master’s programme Ancient Studies does not adhere to disciplinary boundaries. There is almost not a single question which can be answered solely from an archaeological or literary vantage point. At Ancient Studies you learn to use that which is necessary, be it Ancient History, Archaeology, Ancient Languages or Philosophy. An ideal situation if you consider yourself both an historian and archaeologist, and want to view literature as a product of society.Questions you come across are, for example: Rome was an ethnic melting pot during imperial times. How did classical poets react to this, and can traces of this ethnic intermingling be found in studies of living conditions and artistic expressions? There are a lot of texts about dreams originating from the classical world (from Mesopotamia to Rome and Byzantium). Can we learn more about the people of antiquity by studying these dreams? And what is the influence of Latin literature on Dutch literature? Or: For once don’t compare Homer with Virgil, but with the Gilgamesh epic.Core moduleThe core module of this degree programme is "Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies". In this module, lecturers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam deal with a number of key themes from the field of Ancient studies that have been the subject of heated debates. You will write a paper on one of these debates. Depending on your background, you will specialize further in Ancient history and Archaeology, Latin language and culture, Greek language... [-]
The Master's programme Ancient History provides two specializations. Each specialization comprises two core modules that introduce you to a number of... [+]
Master in Ancient History
The Master's programme Ancient History provides two specializations. Each specialization comprises two core modules that introduce you to a number of important debates in the field in question("Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies"). There is also considerable emphasis on interdisciplinary research.East-West Confrontations: There has always been a greater or lesser degree of mutual cultural interaction between the Near East and the Greek world. This applies to religious and artistic motifs, science, writing systems and public administration. The expertise of the teaching staff is concentrated mainly on the Hellenistic era (Alexander the Great in Mesopotamia), though earlier and later periods are also covered. Religion and Culture: one of the core themes covered in this specialization is the culture of the Greek elite in the eastern half of the Roman Empire. ... [-]