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Ancient History (MA)

Leiden University's master’s programme in Ancient History is your opportunity to gain a comprehensive and wide-ranging overview of the history of the Greek and Roman period, with a focus on the mentality and social and economic history of the period 400 B.C. – 400 A.D.

History was voted as a top rated programme in the Netherlands by the Keuzegids 2018 ranking

The master’s degree in History has received the label ‘top programme’ in the Keuzegids Masters of March 2018. The study guide bases its results on the opinion of students (through the National Student Survey) and experts (NVAO). History at Leiden has also been ranked 15th in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

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Why study Ancient History at Leiden University?

The Ancient History programme will provide you with a thorough grounding in several instrumental periods of ancient history, including the complex history of the Roman Republic; Civic life in Italy, Asia Minor and Egypt; Graeco-Roman religion; and the rise of early Judaism. Over the years, the programme has attracted students with a BA in History, Classics, Archaeology and several other disciplines.

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Learn from established scholars

During the Ancient History programme you will be able to collaborate with the outstanding scholars of the ancient history department as well as scholars active in other fields of History or the related fields of the Classics, Ancient Philosophy, Classical Archaeology, Religious Studies and Near Eastern Cultures.

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Access to the Leiden Papyrological Institute

As an additional option you can pursue your interests in documentary texts. You will be able to benefit from access to Greek inscriptions and work alongside papyrologists at the Leiden Papyrological Institute.

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History Degree

Ancient History at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme of History. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited master’s degree in History and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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