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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
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  • The Decline and Fall of Rome
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  • Religion in Antiquity
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  • Classical Mythology or Greece: Cradle of Civilization?
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  • Classics beyond Antiquity or Highlights uit de Griekse en Latijnse literatuur (Dutch taught)
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UvA Course Catalogue: 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. 

  • UvA ACASA students register for the minor at VU Amsterdam and sign up for its courses via VUweb. 
  • Other UvA students (not ACASA) who want to follow this minor can enrol for the academic year 2022-2023 from 12 May 2022 onwards. Please follow the step-by-step application guide to enrol. You will also be asked to fill in an ACASA form to confirm your agreement with the UvA exchanging your data with VU Amsterdam. After that, you can sign up for the courses.
  • Are you a student at another university than the UvA, and do you not study at the Faculty of Humanities of the VU? In that case follow the step-by-step plan on the VU website: VU-students - Admission and registration - Minor programmes, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Facts & Figures
Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
Location University Quarter