Ancient Studies
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Dr Samantha Masters

BAHons, MA (Natal), PhD Classics (Exeter)


Lecturing specialisation
Greek and Roman material culture; Greek epic poetry; Greek and Roman drama; classical women; classical heritage in South Africa

Research specialisation
Iconography and the language of images on Greek pottery; antiquities collections in South Africa; classical reception in South Africa

Current research projects

  • The reception of Classics in South Africa, in particular, the collections of classical antiquities in South African museums
  • Dolls, playing and identity formation: from antiquity to the present

Academic service/Community interaction
Member of the Academic Offerings Committee (2013-current); Editorial board of the journal Akroterion

Mellon Academic Staff Development Programme Award (2014); NRF Thuthuka grant (2013-2015); NRF Prestige Scholarship for PhD (Exeter) (2009-2012); Vogel Scholarship for travel abroad (2008)

Selected publications

  • Forthcoming
    (Un)Identifying Helen and Paris in late fifth century BCE Athenian vase-painting: how context is crucial (co-authored with A. Andrason), in: Greek art in context. Current approaches to archaeological and art historical research, Farnham: Ashgate Publishing.
  • In Press
    Museum space and displacement: collecting classical antiquities in South Africa, in: Parker, G. (ed.) South Africa, Greece and Rome: classical confrontations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2009
    Light, space and affluent taste: a study of the ancient Pompeian house and its decoration. Akroterion 54: 141-157.
  • 2008
    In the museum: Containing antiquity - an exhibition in the Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch. Akroterion 53: 99-109.
  • 2006
    Politics and law, (co-authored with J.L. Hilton) in: W.J. Dominik (ed.), Words & ideas, 145-168. Wauconda: Bolchazy-Carducci [reprint].