Ancient Studies
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Dr Ursula Westwood



​​DPhil (Anci​​ent History), Oxford University
MPhil (Greek and Roman History), Oxford University
BAHons (Latin Language and Literature), University of Cape Town


Curriculum Vitae​

Areas of Specialisation

  • Jewish history and literature in the Roman world (esp. Josephus, Philo)​

  • Greek political thought and its reception in the Roman period

  • Greek and Roman historiography

  • Greek language and literature​​​​

Current Projects

  • 'Exile and the Kosmopolites in the works of Philo of Alexandria' [conference ​presentation March 2024 and book project]

  • 'Josephus' rendering of Judah's speech Antiquities 2:140-58 and its resonances' [article]

Courses in 2023

  • Greek 178 (Introduction to New Testament Greek)

  • Greek 214 (Intermediate Ancient Greek: Grammar & the Gospel of John)

  • Greek 244 (Intermediate Ancient Greek: Selected texts from the Septuagint, Plato, and classical Greek prose) 

  • Greek 344 (Advanced Ancient Greek: Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos)

  • Honours in Ancient Languages (Greek)
    'Jewish literature in Greek under the Roman Empire: Philo and Josephus
    'The Art of Persuasion: ancient Greek speeches'

Selected Publications

  • ​​Westwood, U. Moses among the Greek lawgivers: Reading Josephus' Antiquities through Plutarch's Lives. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 210. Leiden: Brill (2023)

  • Westwood, U. “Prophecies and princesses: Moses in Egypt and Ethiopia according to Josephus," Akroterion 67 (2022), 65-85.​


  • Clarendon Fund and Littman Trust Scholarship (2017-2020, for doctoral study at Oxford)

  • Ertegun Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities (2015-2017, for graduate study at Oxford)