Ancient Studies
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Prof Annemaré Kotzé

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

Associate Professor

Departmental Chair

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.
    Augustine addressing God and man in the Confessions. In: Prayer and Contemplation in Late Antiquity. Mohr Siebeck.
    Augustine and the Remaking of Martyrdom. In: The Blackwell Companion to Martyrdom.
    Alieva, O., Kotzé, A. & van der Meeren, S. (eds.) When Wisdom Calls: Philosophical Protreptic in Antiquity. Turnhout: Brepols.
  • 2015
    Perspectives on three instances of Greek autobiographical writing from the fourth century B.C.E. Classical World.