Ancient Studies
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Social Impact

The staff of the Department are involved in a variety of social impact projects. These include working closely with heritage institutions such as Iziko Museums of South Africa, a long-standing Bible translation project with the Bible Society of South Africa, and the presentation of public lectures to various local interest groups and communities.

 

A new translation of the Bible in Afrikaans (2005-2020)

Several members of the Department have been involved in this project of the Bible Society of South Africa (see: http://www.bybeldirektevertaling.co.za/) in various capacities: As part of a team that prepared a first draft of a specific Biblical book (Johann Cook, Johan Thom and Christo van der Merwe); as part of the editorial committees of the deuterocanonical books (Cook) or Old Testament (Van der Merwe); member of the executive committee of the project (Van der Merwe). The editorial committees meet since 2011 at least four times a year in sessions of five days each. During each of these sessions stretches of translated texts ranging from 15 000 to 30 000 words are "checked".

In preparation of this project, as well as in the course of the project, various research projects were launched in the Department.

 

Public lectures

Forthcoming


2014-2016

Dr GR Kotzé: 'The World is Wrong when it is Upside-down; Lamentations in Egypt & Elsewhere in the Ancient Near East'
Lecture to The Egyptian Society of South Africa (TESSA) (October 2016)


Dr S Masters: 'Pottery (and Poetry) from the Ancient Greek Symposium'
Lecture to the Stellenbosch Arts Association (August 2016)


Mrs A Boshoff: 'The Land of Kush'
Lecture at the Day School of The Egyptian Society of South Africa (TESSA) (July 2016)


Prof I Cornelius: 'Foreign Rulers in Egypt – Egypt under Hyksos Occupation'
Lecture at the Day School of The Egyptian Society of South Africa (TESSA) (July 2016)


Prof I Cornelius: 'Egyptomania: From Karnak to Kakamas'
Lecture at Simon van der Stel Foundation (Cape Town) (July 2016)


Dr R van Dijk: 'Mesopotamia in the 3rd & 4th Millennia BCE - The cultures of the Sumerians and the Akkadians'
Lecture to The Egyptian Society of South Africa (TESSA) (April 2016)


Dr S Masters: 'Pottery (and Poetry) from the Ancient Greek Symposium'
Lecture to the Friends of Iziko South African Museum (March 2016)


Prof I Cornelius and Dr R Slabbert: ''n Baie ou voël met 'n nuwe storie: Ou Egiptiese dieremummies en moderne wetenskap'
Lecture to the Stellenbosch Study and Discussion Group on "Ons Godsdiens en die Wetenskappe" (March 2016)


Prof CHJ van der Merwe: 'Bybelvertaling is nie speletjies nie'
Lecture at the Stellenbosch Woordfees (March 2016)


Dr GR Kotzé: 'Seeking the wisdom of the ancient Egyptians'
Lecture at The Egyptian Society of South Africa (TESSA) (February 2016)


Dr S Masters:  'Ancient classical women'
Lecture series at the UCT Summer School (January 2016)


Dr S Masters: 'The collection of classical antiquities at Iziko Museums of South Africa'
Lecture to the Antiques and Heritage Society of South Africa (November 2015)

 

Prof I Cornelius:  'Egyptian art and emotions'  
Lecture presented at the Day School of The Egyptian Society of South Africa (TESSA) (July 2015)


Prof I Cornelius: 'What do we know about Moses and Ra-Moses? A look at the movie "Exodus: Gods and Kings"'
Lecture to the Classical Association of South Africa (May 2015)

 

Dr S Masters: 'Classical antiquities in Africa: The Cape Town connection'
Lecture to the Cape Town Fine and Decorative Arts Society (October 2014)

 

Prof I Cornelius: '"The many faces of the deity": The iconography of the goddesses and gods of ancient Egypt'
Lecture presented at the Day School of The Egyptian Society of South Africa (TESSA) (July 2014)


Dr S Masters: 'The Villa Adriana at Tivoli and its gardens'  
Lecture to the Helderberg Village Garden Society (May 2014)


Prof I Cornelius and Dr R Slabbert: 'Unwrapping ancient Egyptian animal mummies: Modern technology reveals ancient secrets'
Lecture to the Classical Association of South Africa (May 2014)