Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

BA course Greece. Cradle of civilization?

A critical introduction to Ancient Greek Culture and its relevance in the modern world.

02Feb2019 16Mar2019


Course for BA-students from all Dutch Universities, with at least 48 EC in the Humanities. The Netherlands Institute at Athens and the University of Amsterdam organize this course.


During the classes, aspects of Greek Archaeology, Mythology, History, Politics, Literature, etc. will be introduced on a general level. Apart from the ancient context in which these aspects originated, we will discuss their modern relevance. Concepts such as Democracy, Philosophy, Theatre and even Ajax or Heracles still resonate today and their significance will be topic of discussion.

This 6 ECTS course will consist of a series of classes (twice a week) about different aspects of Greek Culture (Prehistory, Homer, Democracy, Theatre, Architecture, Religion etc.). The classes will be coupled with reading assignments.

Classes will take place at the University of Amsterdam in semester 2 from 5 February to 6 March 2019. The course includes an excursion to Greece, from 9 to 16 March 2019.

Registration and deadline application 15 December 2018

The course can host up till 25 participants.
UvA-students can register for the course between 4 - 18 December via SIS,the Student Information System of the University of Amsterdam.
Students from other Dutch universities can apply for the course, before 15 December, at the Netherlands Institute by sending the application form, which can be found on the NIA website. Non-UvA students have to register as an elective student at the University of Amsterdam. 

More information

For more information you can contact the coordinator of the course, dr. Gert Jan van Wijngaarden ( or the Netherlands Institute at Athens ( ).

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