Ancient History (MA)

"Know the the crossroads, the ups, mistakes and downs of four thousand years of human history."

Degree programme specification

The Master’s degree study programme in Ancient History offers a deepening study of the history of the ancient world, namely of the area of the Near East, India, China, ancient Greece and Rome. It enlarges the student’s capacity to understand different developmental stages of the oldest history of humankind and its characteristics, to seek out analogies and differences between individual civilization areas and draw general conclusions on ancient development from them. Greater attention is paid to the methodology of research of ancient history and to the work with historical sources in the original, if possible. Besides further linguistic training (Latin, ancient Greek, Akkadian, Sumerian), the widening study of selected auxiliary disciplines of ancient history (papyrology, epigraphy, numismatics) and the methodological introduction coupled with the basics of textual criticism help students in advanced reading of sources. The emphasis is put on practicing the student's skills of interpreting various kinds of ancient sources.

Some courses are conceived as cross-sectional thematic units in order to allow orientation across history (e. g. sacral kingship, position of the ruler in ancient states generally, ethics of ancient civilizations, comparing ancient legal systems etc.).

The students are trained to understand broader context of historical processes, to formulate independently issues pertaining to ancient history and to make independent methodological approaches in solving the issues; courses with interactive form of teaching (e. g. the students specify or define various terms of ancient history in discussion with the teacher) serve that purpose; they are trained to be capable of professional work in their field and of conducting a scientific debate.

The Master's degree programme presents also a possible entry to doctoral studies of Ancient History.

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study follow-up master's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction czech

Work experience

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Graduate destination

The graduates of Master's degree programme in Ancient History can find jobs in education, including the further education of teachers; in public and state service; in diplomatic service; in the cultural sphere (museums, galleries, libraries, archives, and the education of young people in various interest groups); in tourism; in publishing houses of books and scholarly journals; as consultants for films and other artistic works with ancient history as the theme, as translation consultants on ancient historical works or as translators and commentators of ancient literary works.

Study options

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Further studies

After completion of the Master's studies of Ancient History the graduate can continue in a doctoral degree programme (after satisfying the admission requirements), e. g. History, Archaeology etc. Preferably there is the possibility of the ensuing doctoral degree programme in Ancient History.

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Mgr. et Mgr. Markéta Melounová, Ph.D.