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
  • South Africa, Greece and Rome: a digital museum

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
    A woman in danger or a dangerous woman? "Helen" on Archaic Attic vases. In: Greek Vases as Medium of Communication.
  • 2017
    (with A. Andrason) (Un)Identifying Helen and Paris in late fifth century BCE Athenian vase-painting: How context is crucial. In: Greek Art in Context: Archaeological and Art Historical Perspectives, D. Rodríguez Pérez (ed.). Abingdon/New York: Routledge.
    Museum space and displacement: Collecting classical antiquities in South Africa. In: South Africa, Greece and Rome: Classical Confrontations, G. Parker (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2015
    (with T. Welman) Disrupting context: Making a case for the digital curation of classical antiquities in South Africa. Akroterion 60: 83-99.
  • 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
    (with J.L. Hilton) Politics and law. In: Words & ideas, W.J. Dominik (ed.). 145-168. Wauconda: Bolchazy-Carducci [reprint].