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Highlights of the Ancient World

In this minor, Classical Antiquity and its impact on later cultures take centre stage. You will study various aspects of the ancient world in relation to each other, such as Classical works of art and literature, ancient religion and the notion of Greece as the cradle of Western civilisation.

In this minor you will gain insight in the influence of Classical culture and in processes of cultural contact and cultural transformation. Also, you will learn to analyse cultural-historical problems from an interdisciplinary angle using material and textual sources.

Study programme

Students choose up to 30 ECTS of the following courses:

  • The Classical Canon
  • The Decline and Fall of Rome
  • Religion in Antiquity
  • Greece: Cradly of Civilization
  • Classics beyond Antiquity
  • Highlights uit de Griekse en Latijnse literatuur (Dutch taught)
  • Klassieke mythen in woord en beeld (Dutch taught)

Related Master's programmes

The minor Highlights of the Ancient World may serve as a good preparation to gain admission to a Master's in Classics and Ancient CivilizationsHeritage, Memory and Archaeology (Research Master's); or the one-year Master's in Archaeology.

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. This entails that you must have obtained at least 48 ECTS in your propaedeutic year.

HBO (higher education with an applied emphasis) students cannot be admitted to this minor. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes.


You can enrol in this minor after the Minors Fair (9 April 2020).

Apply for this minor

A minor in Humanities

This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s minors consist of 30 ECTS credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate. You can find more information about the application procedure on the following website:

A minor in Humanities

Highlights of the Ancient World
Studielast 30 EC,
Voertaal Engels
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