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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. You will also learn to analyse cultural-historical problems from an interdisciplinary angle using material and textual sources.

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. 

Study schedule

  • The Classical Canon I: The Heritage of Antiquity
    Period 1
  • The Decline and Fall of Rome
    Period 2
  • Religion in Antiquity
    Period 3
  • Restricted-choice electives
    Period 4

    You may choose from: - Classical Mythology - Greece. Cradle of Civilization?

  • Restricted-choice electives
    Period 5

    You may choose from: - Classics Beyond Antiquity - Highlights uit de Griekse en Latijnse literatuur

UvA Course Catalogue: Minor Highlights of the Ancient World
Minor Highlights of the Ancient World

Related Master's programmes

This minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for admission to a Master's in Classics and Ancient CivilizationsHeritage, Memory and Archaeology (Research Master's); or the one-year Master's in Archaeology. Always check the entry requirements on the Application & admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

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. 

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. 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, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes. 


This minor is offered by the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). VU Amsterdam and UvA work together within ACASA.

It is no longer possible to register for this minor in the academic year 2023-2024.

Facts & Figures
30 ECTS,
Language of instruction
Starts in
University Quarter