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Classics at the University of Cape Town has well-established research strengths in the areas of Roman historiography, material culture, Greek and Latin poetry, ancient philosophy, and the history of classical scholarship in Africa. Each year we host a number of visiting academics who contribute regularly to the School's weekly research seminar series and we welcome applications from prospective postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers interested in basing themselves at UCT.

Select Recent Publications

Curtius Rufus, Histories of Alexander the Great, Book 10
John Atkinson (ed.), Oxford 2009

Reading by Example: Valerius Maximus and the Historiography of Exempla
Jeffrey Murray and David Wardle (eds.), Leiden (forthcoming)

Empire, Hegemony or Anarchy? Rome and Italy, 201-31 BC 
Karl-J. Hölkeskamp, Sema Karataş and Roman Roth (eds.), Stuttgart 2019

Styling Romanisation. Pottery and Society in Central Italy
Roman Roth, Cambridge 2010

From Memory to Marble: The Historical Frieze of the Voortrekker Monument
Rolf Schneider, Berlin, Boston and Cape Town 2019

A Homeric Catalogue of Shapes: The Iliad and Odyssey Seen Differently
Charlayn von Solms, London and New York 2020

Suetonius: Life of Augustus
David Wardle, Oxford 2014

Catullus: Selected Lyric Poems
Richard Whitaker and Douglas Reid Skinner, Cape Town 2020

The Odyssey of Homer: A Southern African Translation
Richard Whitaker, Cape Town 2017

The Iliad of Homer: A Southern African Translation
Richard Whitaker, Cape Town 2014

Seminars and Reading Groups

School Seminars

During term time, the School of Languages and Literatures runs a weekly research seminar series. While the series features talks by visiting scholars and established academics, the School also encourages presentations of work in progress by postgraduate students and early-career researchers.

Ancient Philosophy Reading Group

The Ancient Philosophy Reading Group meets weekly during term time and is made up of classicists, philosophers and anyone who is interested in ancient philosophy. We read selected texts in English translation and typically discuss designated sections of the text at each meeting. Members take it in turns to chair each session, leading the discussion on points of philosophical, literary, or historical interest. Sometimes we refer to the original text, but knowledge of Greek or Latin is not required. For more information, contact Tom Angier or Matthew Shelton.