Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Ancient History

The Mediterranean and West Asian worlds during antiquity
Programme of Classics and Ancient Civilizations
TitleAncient History

The Master's programme Ancient History offers you a stimulating environment in which you can study a broad range of historical issues focusing on the ancient world. You can choose your own personal study programme and will be able to further develop your own interest in the field of Greek and Roman antiquity.

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 Ancient History 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.
  • The only Dutch universities offering the possibility to study the interaction between the Graeco-Roman world and the Ancient Near East.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the political, social, cultural and religious history of the ancient Greek, Roman and Near Eastern worlds.
  • Intensive classes consisting of small groups and direct personal contact with tutors.
  • The opportunity to study Ancient History in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, one of the most vibrant cultural and cosmopolitan cities of the world.
  • Amsterdam has its own antiquities museum, The Allard Pierson Museum, which is closely involved in the programme. The museum houses a large collection of ceramics, glass and bronzes from Greek and Roman Antiquity, as well as one of the most important collections of works of Classical Antiquity in the Netherlands and the wider European region.

Tania Patel


Tania_Patel“Ancient History was one of the most challenging, eye-opening and beautiful experiences of my life. I learned more than I thought was possible in a year and I developed intellectually as well as personally.
What really made this programme unique, were the teachers: we were taught by some of the leading professors in the field and they gave us all the supervision we needed to grow academically.”