Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Classics

Linguistics, literature and cultural history of the Greco-Roman antiquity
Programme ofClassics and Ancient Civilizations
TitleClassics

The Master’s programme Classics is a small-scale academic programme that covers a wide range of fields such as Greek and Latin literature and linguistics, ancient Christianity, Byzantinology, ancient philosophy, intertextuality, narratology, and reception studies.

You will analyse sources more in-depth than during your Bachelor’s phase and will learn to handle academic instruments. This will enable you to apply your specialism within Classical Antiquity to texts and other cultural phenomena from later periods, and to get acquainted with relevant contemporary discussions.


As of the academic year 2020-2021, this specialization will no longer be offered. Check the webpage of the Master's degree programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations for the new study programme, with the specializations Classics and Ancient Studies.

Why study Classics in Amsterdam?

  • This Master’s degree programme is offered by two universities. The University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam combined their expertise on the field of ancient history and archaeology in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). This merging of specialists from various academic disciplines creates a stimulating environment for collaboration and study.
  • You will combine linguistics, literature and cultural history to study the language, literature and material culture of Ancient Greece and Rome.
  • Intensive classes consisting of small groups and direct personal contact with tutors.
  • The opportunity to study Classics in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, one of the most vibrant cultural and cosmopolitan cities of the world.
  • Greek tragedies are regularly performed in Amsterdam's many theatres and the city also has its own antiquities museum, the Allard Pierson Museum, which is closely involved in the programme.

Zoe Ntonta

Alumnus

Zoe Ntonta

''Studying at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been one of the greatest experiences in my life. The university welcomed me with a lot of warmth and helped me to develop my skills, such as critical thought, the capability of composing long assignments and becoming more creative by brainstorming about new ideas. After completing my Thesis, I feel that I am a new person with a more organized thought and experience in the Academic community. In addition, the majority of the Professors and Lecturers were truly approachable, down to earth and open to students’ new ideas. Overall, I would recommend Vrije Universiteit to everyone out there who wants to participate in a challenging Master programme and wants to meet people from all around the world!''

Sean Keller

Alumnus

Sean Keller

"During the Bachelor’s degree programme I read the ‘canonical’ texts, which were extensively analysed and discussed in class. These classes sparked my interest for subjects that were unfortunately – but logically – not taught in the Bachelor’s programme. The Master’s programme at the VU offered the perfect solution! The Master Classics & Ancient Civilizations offers the opportunity to construct your own research programme by choosing courses that fit your research interests. Tutorials are particularly inspiring, as the student-teacher contact is very personal and encourages you to leave the beaten track and to come to your own interpretations and conclusions. The Master’s programme at the VU was so inspiring to me that I will now embark on a PhD!"

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