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Ancient history

Ancient History explores the history and culture of the ancient world, with a focus on Greco-Roman history (800 BC - AD 600)

Oude geschiedenis

The programme is characterised by its broad interdisciplinary approach to Greco-Roman history. Literary, epigraphic and archaeological (especially iconographic) sources are collectively analysed. Due attention is also given to the interaction between Greco-Roman cultures and those of surrounding areas. Although political and military topics are also dealt with, the programme nonetheless places a strong emphasis on sociocultural themes, such as urban history, religion, imperial representation, sport and festivals, family and gender.


Staff members of Ancient History are involved in the following research programmes:

  • The Amsterdam Centre of Urban History (ACUH)
  • The Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA)
  • The National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands (OIKOS)
  • The NWO Gravitation Grant Anchoring Innovation
  • The international research network Impact of Empire



 Ancient history offers the following lectures:

  • All first year history students participate in the introductory lecture Ancient History.  
  • The electives offered in the second and third year deal with such topics as religion, multiculturalism and ancient mythology.
  • Seminars offers as part of mandatory courses such as History Lab or Transnational History.
  • The Master’s track Ancient History offers electives dealing with city life and civic identity in the Roman Empire.

The Ancient History research group also participates in the Master’s education offered by the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology.