Ancient Studies
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Focus Areas


​​​​​​Influence and reception of the Ancient World in contemporary South Africa

  • ​The literary reception of Roman poetry (De Villiers)
  • The ancient world and popular culture (Cornelius)
  • Collections of classical antiquities in South African museums (Masters)
  • The reception of the ancient world in contemporary South African art (Masters)
The study of ancient languages and cultures in the digital age

  • Multimedia and ancient cultures (Cornelius, Daniel​s)
Religion, philosophy and morality in ancient texts

  • ​Early Christian literature (Kotzé)

Material culture and imagery, art and iconography

  • Material culture and imagery of North Africa and Western Asia (Cornelius)
  • Classical art and iconography (Masters)
  • Ancient childhood and material culture (Masters)
Bible languages, translation and interpretation

  • Cognitive linguistics and the translation of the Bible (Van der Merwe)
  • The semantics and pragmatics of Biblical Hebrew (Van der Merwe)
  • The Hebrew Bible and the ancient world (Cornelius)
  • Linguistics and translation of the Greek New Testament (Bosman)
  • The New Testament and the ancient world (Bosman)
Museum and heritage studies

  • A catalogue of artefacts from ancient Egypt and Western Asia in South African collections (Cornelius)
  • South African Mummy Project (Cornelius)
  • Collections of classical antiquities in South African Museums (Masters)
Greek and Latin literature, individual and society​

  • Roman lyric and elegiac poetry (De Villiers)
  • Roman epic (De Villiers)
  • Augustine (Daniels, Kara, Kotzé)
  • Late antiquity (Kara, Kotzé)
Ancient cultures: methodology and interpretation models

  • Cognitive linguistics and interpretation (Van der Merwe)
Afro-Asiatic and African languages

  • Semitic languages and their grammar: Hebrew, Arabic, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Amorite (Andrason)
  • ​Berber and Chadic languages (Andrason)
  • Comparative grammar of Semitic and Afro-Asiatic (Andrason)
  • African languages: isiXhosa, Lingala, Kituba, Maasai, Tjwao (Andrason)

  • Cognitive linguistics (Van der Merwe, Andrason)
  • Language contact and language change (Andrason)
  • Minority (micro) languages (Andrason)
  • Linguistic categories, radial networks, and semantic maps (Andrason)
  • Semantics, pragmatics, morphosyntax, syntax (Andrason)
  • Typology (Andrason)
  • Grammaticalisation (Andrason)
  • Language documentation (Andrason)
  • Decolonisation (Andrason)