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Ancient Studies


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The Bachelor's programme in Ancient Studies investigates the Classical cultures that lie at the roots of our modern world. You will be given an overview of the most important works of art, literature, philosophy, history, and mythology of Antiquity. You can think of fascinating topics such as the pyramids, Greek tragedies, Cleopatra, the epics of Gilgamesh, and Hannibal’s conflict with Rome. You will develop a critical perspective on cultural contact and conflict: between the ancient Greeks, Romans, Persians, and Egyptians, but also between past and present.

You will gain insight into the ancient origins of political systems and themes such as identity and migration, which remain relevant far beyond the time of the Persians, Athenians, and Romans. Can our present-day democracy draw any lessons from that of ancient Athens?

The programme kicks off with an overview of Antiquity’s cultural history and its influence through to the present time. You will learn to relate Classical languages, archaeology, and history to each other. In your second and third year, you will further deepen this interdisciplinary knowledge and choose a specialisation. You can specialise in Ancient history, archaeology, or Ancient Near Eastern Studies (which includes learning Akkadian). Dutch speaking students can also specialise in Latin or Greek.






3 years

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530


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2 Sep '24 1 May '24 1 Apr '24


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020-525 1401

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