Taught course

Eternal Rome (specialisation)

Radboud University · Faculty of Arts

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Months of entry


Course content

Surpassed by no city in the Western world, Rome is known for its charismatic leadership and overwhelmingly rich history, as the city embodies an architecturally magnificent metropolis, the impressive capital of a once mighty Roman Empire and a powerful representation of the Papal See.

The Master's specialisation Eternal Rome focuses on Rome and offers an in-depth examination of both the city of Rome and its role as the capital of the Roman Empire, and of the representation of the ‘idea' of Rome throughout the centuries. Eternal Rome presents a unique programme taught by a group of specialists from the fields of ancient, Byzantine, and medieval history. Their expertise includes the status of Rome beyond the Middle Ages into the Renaissance and modern times.

Notions of change and continuity, even of eternity, have played a prominent role in the history of Rome. What makes Rome such a potent image of the past, the present, and the future? It is no coincidence that rulers such as Charlemagne or Benito Mussolini positioned themselves as legitimate successors to the power and traditions of Rome. Similarly, the inhabitants of the Byzantine Empire, Rome's most direct successor, continued to call themselves ‘Romaioi' well into the twelfth century. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the legacy of Rome persisted, with Moscow claiming to be the Third Rome.

As you analyse Rome and its impressive legacy, you will become acquainted with several specialist areas of research, such as ancient history, medieval history, art history, classical philology, archaeology, and literary theory. Each field offers different perspectives and methodologies that will both expand your knowledge and ideas of Rome and deepen your insight into many questions relevant to the functioning of our modern society.

Students who follow the entire Roma Aeterna Master's specialisation start in September.

Students taking a Master's programme elsewhere may follow the first semester of the Roma Aeterna specialisation.

This is a specialisation of the Master's in History

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

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