Ancient Studies
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Focus Areas


​​​​​​​​​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 reception of the ancient world in contemporary South African art (Masters)
  • Decolonisation of ancient studies (Masters, Daniels)
  • Ancient thought and modern resonances (Bosman)

Material culture and imagery, art and iconography

  • Material culture and imagery of North Africa and Western Asia (Cornelius)
  • Classical art and iconography (Masters)
  • Athenian vase-painting (Masters)
  • Emotions in Greek art (Masters)
  • Ancient childhood and material culture (Masters)
Greek and Roman/ Latin literature, history and culture

  • Roman lyric and elegiac poetry (De Villiers)
  • Roman epic (De Villiers)
  • Human-environmental relations in the Greco-Roman world (De Villiers)​
  • Early Christianity and martyr literature (Kara)
  • The Second Sophistic (Kara)
  • Augustine (Daniels)
  • Late antiquity (Bosman, Daniels, Kara)
  • Greek and Latin historiography (Bosman, Westwood)
  • Ancient philosophy (Bosman) 
  • Greek literature of the Roman empire (Bosman)
  • Jewish literature in Greek (Westwood) 
  • Greek Intellectual history (Bosman)

​Bible languages, translation and interpretation

  • The Hebrew Bible and the ancient world (Cornelius)
  •  Early Christianity and the ancient world (Bosman)
  • ·New Testament language and literature (Bosman)

The study of ancient languages and cultures in the digital age

  • Multimedia and ancient cultures (Cornelius, Daniel​s)

​Museum and heritage studies

  • Collections from ancient Egypt and Western Asia in South African collections (Cornelius)
  • South African Mummy Project (Cornelius)
  • Collections of classical antiquities in South African Museums (Masters)