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Professor and Head of Classics: 
David Wardle

MA DPhil Oxon

Research interests: Roman History and Historiography; Roman exemplary literature; divination, Roman religion and ruler cult

Born and educated in Nottingham, UK, David Wardle took an MA and a DPhil from Oxford in the sub-faculty of Literae Humaniores. After a brief stint working for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority he came to UCT as a lecturer in August 1990 and was appointed Professor in Classics and Ancient History in 2006. His academic specialisation lies in the field of Roman imperial history and historiography which he combines with an interest in ancient Roman religion. Besides numerous articles he is the author of three monographs, which have taken the form of commentaries on key texts from the Classical period: Suetonius’ Life of Caligula (Brussels, 1994), Valerius Maximus’ Memorable Deeds and Sayings (Oxford, 1998) and Cicero’s On Divination (Oxford, 2006).


Associate Professor: 
Clive Chandler

BA(Hons) MA PhD Cape Town

Research interests: Ancient philosophy and rhetoric; Madness in antiquity; Philodemus

Clive Edward Chandler was educated in Britain, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. He has a PhD from UCT and has published papers on Philodemus and Petronius. Office: Beattie Building, Room 201.


Emeritus Professors

John Atkinson, BA(Hons) Dunelm PhD HDipLib Cape Town

Richard Whitaker, BA Witwatersrand MA Oxon PhD St Andrews


Senior Lecturers

Roman Roth

MA PhD Cantab

Research Interests: Archaeology and History of Roman Italy; Director of the Capena Excavation Project; Ceramic studies; Historiography

Before joining UCT in 2008, Roman Roth studied Classics as an Undergraduate and Graduate Student of Fitzwilliam College and the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge, (1996 to 2004), before becoming a Research Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 2004. Although he is involved in teaching a wide range of Classical subjects at UCT, his research focuses on the cultural history of Italy during the Republican period (the fourth to the first centuries BC), combining methods of inquiry that span the fields of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. Amongst several projects, Roman Roth is currently working on a book that will address the extent to whether (and when) Roman Italy became a defined, cohesive area of cultural interaction. In addition, he is directing excavations on the ancient site of Capena (La Civitucola) situated some 35 km to the North-east of Rome.


Gail Symington

BA HDE MPhil Cape Town

Research interests: Paedagogics of Latin; Language acquisition for second language speakers; the teaching of etymology. Office: Beattie Building, Room 218.


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