Ancient Studies
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Focus Areas

The Department's research focuses on the following areas:

  • Influence and reception of the ancient world in contemporary South Africa 
  • Study of ancient languages and cultures in the digital age
  • Religion, philosophy and morality in ancient texts
  • Material culture and iconography
  • Bible languages, translation and interpretation
  • Museum and heritage studies
  • Greek and Latin literature, individual and society
  • Ancient cultures: methodology and interpretation models
  • Afro-Asiatic and African languages
  • Linguistics

Influence and reception of the Ancient World in contemporary South Africa

  • The literary reception of Roman poetry (De Villiers)
  • The ancient world and popular culture (Cornelius)
  • Collections of classical antiquities in South African museums (Masters)

The study of ancient languages and cultures in the digital age

  • Multimedia and ancient cultures (Cornelius, Daniels)

Religion, philosophy and morality in ancient texts

  • Greek and Roman moral philosophy and religions (Thom)
  • Early Christian literature (Thom, A Kotzé)

Material culture and iconography

  • Iconography of the Ancient Near East (Cornelius)
  • Classical art and iconography (Masters)
  • Ancient childhood and material culture (Masters and Daniels)

Bible languages, translation and interpretation

  • Cognitive linguistics and the translation of the Bible (Van der Merwe)
  • The semantics and pragmatics of Biblical Hebrew (Van der Merwe)
  • The Old Testament and the ancient world (Cornelius)
  • Linguistics and translation of the Greek New Testament (Thom)
  • The New Testament and the ancient world (Thom)

Museum and heritage studies

  • A catalogue of artefacts from ancient Egypt and the Ancient Near East in South African collections (Cornelius)
  • South African Mummy Project (Cornelius)
  • Collections of classical antiquities in South African Museums (Masters)

Greek and Latin literature, individual and society

  • Roman lyric and elegiac poetry (De Villiers)
  • Roman epic (De Villiers)
  • Augustine (A Kotzé)
  • Late antiquity (Thom, A Kotzé)

Ancient cultures: methodology and interpretation models

  • Cognitive linguistics and interpretation (Van der Merwe)

Afro-Asiatic and African languages

  • Semitic languages and their grammar: Hebrew, Arabic, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Amorite (Andrason)
  • Berber and Chadic languages (Andrason)
  • Comparative grammar of Semitic and Afro-Asiatic (Andrason)
  • African languages: isiXhosa, Lingala, Kituba, Maasai, Tjwao (Andrason)

Linguistics

  • Cognitive linguistics (Van der Merwe, Andrason)
  • Language contact and language change (Andrason)
  • Minority (micro) languages (Andrason)
  • Linguistic categories, radial networks, and semantic maps (Andrason)
  • Semantics, pragmatics, morphosyntax, syntax (Andrason)
  • Typology (Andrason)
  • Grammaticalisation (Andrason)
  • Language documentation (Andrason)
  • Decolonisation (Andrason)