Archive for July, 2013

Students enjoy privileged access to museums in Germany

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Students enjoy German museum tour

Dr Sam Masters has recently returned from a 10-day museum tour to Germany. During the winter vacation Dr Masters took 12 students to visit antiquities collections and universities in Munich, Tübingen and Berlin. In Munich, the group was hosted by Prof. Rolf Michael Schneider of Ludwig Maximilians-Universität. The programme in Munich included a welcoming function attended by the Vice-Consul of South Africa for Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, Ms Ogaufi Masibi, and a visit to the marble workshop of classical archaeologist, Prof. Michael Pfanner. Students were also taken on tours of the magnificent collections of the Glyptothek and Antikensammlungen, where the group was given privileged access to the storage magazines. In the quaint university town of Tübingen the students were hospitably received by the International Office of the university and Prof. Herbert Niehr of the Katholisch- Theologische Fakultät. Highlights of the stay in Tübingen included an update on the excavations at Troy by Dr Stephan Blum of the Troia Project, and a tour of the university museum and the Insitute for Classical Archaeology by the director, Prof. Thomas Shafer. In Berlin the group was joined by colleagues of the Ancient Studies Department, Dr Sjarlene Thom and Dr Annemaré Kotzé. Guided visits to the Pergamon Museum, the Altes and Naues Museums and the cast collection at the Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik further introduced the students to a variety of artefacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Near East.

‘The goal’, says Sam Masters, ‘was for the students to see masterpieces that they would have encountered during the course of their studies and to learn more about them from leading German academics and curators. It is invaluable to actually see an artefact, to experience it “for real”.’  A fitting end to a successful tour was a day stopover in Istanbul on the way home where the group managed to see the Hagia Sophia, the site of the ancient hippodrome, the Basilica Cisterns and had a boat trip on the Bosphorus. The tour was made possible through funding by DAAD and the International Office’s Summer School Programme. More pictures from the tour are at http://stellenboschgermany2013.tumblr.com/.

Opening function at the Museum für Abgüsse Klassischer Bildwerke

Opening function at the Museum für Abgüsse Klassischer Bildwerke

In the studio of Prof. Michael Pfanner

In the studio of Prof. Michael Pfanner

Being guided through the Glyptothek, Munich

Being guided through the Glyptothek, Munich

With Prof Niehr outside the entrance to the Schloss Hohentübingen

With Prof Niehr outside the entrance to the Schloss Hohentübingen

The group on the steps of the Altes Museum in Berlin

The group on the steps of the Altes Museum in Berlin

N.P. Van Wyk Louw se Germanicus in Engels/N.P. Van Wyk Louw’s Germanicus in English

Friday, July 26th, 2013

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N.P. Van Wyk Louw se Germanicus in Engels vertaal

Dr. Jo-Marie Claassen, medeprofessor emerita, is die vertaler van die eerste Engelse vertaling van Germanicus deur die vooraanstaande Afrikaanse digter, N.P. Van Wyk Louw (1906-1970). Hierdie versdrama beeld die dramatiese gebeure uit wat op die dood van die Romeinse keiser Augustus in 14 n.C. gevolg het en met die dood van sy aangenome kleinseun, Germanicus, in 19 gekulmineer het. Kliek hier vir meer inligting oor die vertaling en om die eBoek aan te koop.

N.P. Van Wyk Louw’s Germanicus translated into English

Dr Jo-Marie Claassen, associate professor emerita, is the translator of the first English translation of Germanicus by the prominent Afrikaans poet N.P. Van Wyk Louw (1906-1970). This verse drama portrays the dramatic events that followed upon the death of the Roman emperor Augustus in 14 CE, culminating in the death of his adopted grandson Germanicus in 19. Click here for more information on the translation and to buy the eBook.