Ancient Studies
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Prof Phlip Bosman

MA Greek, BD, PhD New Testament Science (Pretoria), BScHons Information Systems (Unisa)

Associate Professor

Lecturing specialisation

Ancient Greek; Greek history; literature and philosophy

Research specialisation

Hellenistic philosophy (Cynic traditions); Alexander the Great; Greek imperial literature (Philo, Plutarch, Lucian); conceptual metaphor theory; intellectual history

Current research projects

  • Ancient Routes to Happiness (ed.)
  • Intellectual & Empire in Antiquity (ed.)
  • Ancient Life-writing (ed.)
  • Narrativity in Plutarch's Life of Alexander
  • Philo's In Flaccum (emotional trauma; revenge biography)
  • The philosophical Heracles

Academic service/Community interaction

Editor of Acta Classica supplementa, miscellanea & notes section


Unisa Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in Research (2008, 2012); NRF rated researcher (B)

Selected publications

  • Forthcoming
    Greeks, Romans, and Volks-Education in the Afrikaanse Kinderensiklopedie, in: Parker, G. (ed.), South Africa, Greece and Rome: Classical Confrontations. Cambridge University Press.
    Ancient Cynicism: Elitist or for the masses?, in: Evans, R.J. (ed.), Mass & Elite in Antiquity. London: Routledge.
  • 2016
  • 2015
    Ancient debates on autarkeia and our global impasse. Phronimon 16: 16-28.
  • 2014
    Naphtha and narrative art in Plut. Alex, 35. Acta Classica 57: 16-30.
    The School of Athens: Moments in the history of an idea. Akroterion 59: 67-87.
    Alexander in Africa (ed.). Acta Classica Supplementum V. Pretoria: Classical Association of South Africa.
  • 2012
    Lucian among the Cynics: The Zeus Refuted and Cynic tradition. Classical Quarterly 62.2: 785-795.
    Corruption and Integrity in Ancient Greece and Rome
    (ed.). Acta Classica Supplementum IV. Pretoria: Classical Association of South Africa.