Classics

Join the Master’s in Classics and Ancient Civilisations specialisation in Classics at Leiden University and you will discover the broad range of subjects on offer. You can deepen your knowledge of the language and literatures of classical Greek and Latin. Besides these courses the Leiden Classics programme at Leiden also gives you the opportunity to specialize in research fields such as Ancient History, Ancient Philosophy, Papyrology and Renaissance Latin.

The academic staff responsible for these courses are internationally renowned for their research. The master’s programme will provide you with a comprehensive view of the classical world and literature, including their significance for modern society.

This programme also qualifies you for the Teacher-training programme in Classics if your command of Dutch is sufficient.

Choose a Master’s in Classics at Leiden University:

  • Choose from an array of specialised courses and research topics tailored to your individual needs.
  • Follow courses on a wide range of topics from language and literature to ancient history and philosophy.
  • Profit from the fact that teaching and research mutually inform and reinforce each other in the programme.
  • Get inspired by the small and dedicated staff of active researchers, many of whom have received prestigious prizes and research grants.
  • Enjoy the community feeling within the department, and intensive and informal communication with your teachers.

Check out the programme in Classics

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Classics and Ancient Civilisations
  • Degree Master of Arts in Classics and Ancient Civilisations
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60821

Prof. Ineke Sluiter

Ineke Sluiter

“We have a wonderful and international team of colleagues: Dutch, German, French, and American classicists and guest-researchers working together in a friendly, yet competitive and challenging atmosphere.”

“Between us, we offer a wide range of expertise, e.g. in Homer, rhetoric, Greek and Roman drama, papyrology, philosophy, or Neo-Latin.

I personally love to involve students in research enterprises and they are very active and enterprising themselves: we have a manuscript club, where we decipher the oldest manuscript of Homer’s Iliad. The Iliad text is surrounded on all sides by very hard to read commentaries, going back to the 3rd cent. BCE. The students are helping to create a digital edition. We work with Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in this project (the Homer Multitext Project).

Students can also come to the many international conferences we organise, some of them with the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The connection between teaching and research is strong, and we encourage our students to follow and develop their own interests.

This is what has always appealed to me in Classics: the diversity, and the fact that so many questions have a direct relevance to our present world.

Our MA curriculum offers a great mix: on the one hand the continental approach to Classics, with its emphasis on technical skills and philology, and on the other the more problem-driven and theory-oriented approach from the Anglo-American world. Our signature course ‘Classics Now’ makes the connections between antiquity and our modern world explicit.”

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