Ancient Studies
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Prof Annemaré Kotzé

BMus (Ed), MA, DLitt (Latin Literature) (Stellenbosch)

Associate Professor

Lecturing specialisation
Latin literature; Greco-Roman mythology; The city of Pompeii; Beginners Greek

Research specialisation
Augustine's Confessions; Ancient Protreptic; Ancient Autobiography

Current research projects

  • The intersection between autobiographical narration and protreptic aims (from Plato to Augustine)
  • Protreptic and Manichaean themes in Augustine's Confessions
  • The lemma 'Protreptik' for Realllexikon für Antike und Christentum
  • An article on the context of the Confessions for the volume on Augustine to be published by Cambridge University Press in the series "Literature in Context" (for publication in 2016)
  • An article on Augustine and the Making of Christian Martyrdom for the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Martyrdom (for publication in 2017)
  • Co-editing a volume on ancient protreptic (for publication with Brepols in 2017)

Academic service/Community interaction
Member of the executive committee; responsible for students with special requirements; chair of the Faculty Teaching Committee (2013-2015); revision of the Faculty Policy on the Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning (2014); co-supervisor for the project to commemorate the history of the forced removals at the site of the Arts and Social Sciences Building (2013-2015); chair of CASA Western Cape branch (2011-2012); vice-chair of CASA (national committee) (2011-2012; 2015 to the present); editorial board of the journal Akroterion; periodic reviewing of articles for HTS and other South African journals as well as for Brill

Teaching award based on nomination by one of top 30 first year students at the SU (2008); Rector's Award for Teaching (2009); Golden Key award for teaching (student nomination) (
2009); NRF Thuthuka grant (2004-2007); NRF rating (2008 to the present); Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (2012-2013)

Selected publications
  • Forthcoming
    Protreptik. In Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum.

  • 2015
    Perspectives on three instances of Greek autobiographical writing from the fourth century B.C.E. Classical World
  • 2013
    Cui narro haec? Augustine and his Manichaean Audience. A Re-reading of the First Three Books of the Confessions. HTS Theological Studies 69: 8 pages. doi: 10.4102/hts.v69i1.1357
    A Protreptic to a liminal Manichaean at the Centre of Augustine's Confessions 4. In: Augustine and Manichaean Christianity. Selected Papers from the First South African Conference on Augustine of Hippo. University of Pretoria, 24-26 April 2012, 107-135. Edited by J. van Oort. Leiden & Boston: Brill.
  • 2011
    Autobiography. (Greco-Roman Antiquity and New Testament). In: Encyclopaedia of the Bible and its Reception, 131-136. Edited by H.-J. Klauck, B. McGinn, C. Seow, H. Spieckermann, B.D. Walfish, E. Ziolkowski. Berlin: De Gruyter. (Also Available Online)
    (with J.A.
    van den Berg, T. Nicklas and M. Scopello, eds.) In Search for Truth: Augustine, Manichaeism, and Other Gnosticism. Studies for Hans van Oort at Sixty. Leiden and Boston: Brill. (ISBN 978 90 04 18997 3)