Archive for September, 2014

New Book on “De Mundo”

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Text, Translation and Interpretative Essays

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Prof Johan Thom of Ancient Studies is the editor of Cosmic Order and Divine Power: Pseudo-Aristotle, On the Cosmos (Mohr Siebeck, 2014) which contains a Greek text and translation of De mundo (On the Cosmos) as well as interpretive essays on the language and style, geography, cosmotheology and the reception in or possible influence of De mundo in various intellectual traditions. The treatise De mundo, dated around the 1st century BCE, offers a cosmology in the Peripatetic tradition which draws also on Platonic and Stoic thought and subordinates what happens in the cosmos to the might of an omnipotent god. Thus the work is paradigmatic for the philosophical and religious concepts of the early imperial age, which offer points of contact with nascent Christianity. In line with the aims of the SAPERE series, this volume on De mundo is explicitly interdisciplinary by nature, bringing together contributions from scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines and specialisations which focus on specific topics, each from its own disciplinary perspective. See here for more.

Professor uitgenooi na internasionale konferensie/Professor invited to international conference

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Konferensie in Zürich, Switserland

Prof Johan Thom is uitgenooi om deel te neem aan ‘n internasionale konferensie oor die pluralisering van die begrip filosofie in die Keisertyd en Laat Antieke. Die konferensietema is PHILOSOPHIA in der Konkurrenz von Schulen, Wissenschaften und Religionen: Zur Pluralisierung des Philosophiebegriffs in Kaiserzeit und Spätantike. Dit vind op 16 en 17 Oktober 2014 in Zürich, Switserland plaas. Die titel van prof Thom se referaat is Sayings as «Lebenshilfe»: The Reception and Use of Two Pythagorean Collections. Hy gaan daarin die gebruik van die Pitagorese Goue Verse en akousmata as deel van die psigagogie van verskeie antieke denkers bespreek. Sien die pamflet.

 Conference in Zurich, Switzerland

Prof Johan Thom has been invited to participate in an international conference on the pluralization of the concept philosophy in the Imperial period and in Late Antiquity. The theme of the conference is PHILOSOPHIA in der Konkurrenz von Schulen, Wissenschaften und Religionen: Zur Pluralisierung des Philosophiebegriffs in Kaiserzeit und Spätantike. It will take place in Zurich, Switzerland on 16 and 17 October 2014. The title of Prof Thom’s paper is Sayings as «Lebenshilfe»: The Reception and Use of Two Pythagorean Collections. In the paper he will discuss the use of the Pythagorean Golden Verses and akousmata as part of the psychagogy of various ancient intellectuals. See the pamphlet.

Bybelgenootskap van SA gee gratis boeke/Bible Society of SA gives free books

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Bybelgenootskap van SA se vrygewigheid/Bible Society of SA’s generosity

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Die gelukkige studente saam met die verteenwoordiger van die Bybelgenootskap, Dr Quintus Heine (voorste ry, tweede van links)./The lucky students with the representative of the Bible Society, Dr Quintus Heine (front row, second from left).

Die Bybelgenootskap van Suid-Afrika skenk elke jaar boeke vir Antieke Studie se eerstejaar Bybelse Hebreeuse en Griekse studente. Hierdie jaar was die skenking ter waarde van R1000 per student. Elke student het ‘n gratis kopie van die Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (die uitgawe van die Hebreeuse Bybel), die Nestle-Aland weergawe van die Griekse Nuwe Testament (28ste uitgawe) en ‘n Grieks/Engelse woordeboek ontvang.

Every year the Bible Society of South Africa donates books to Ancient Studies’ first year Biblical Hebrew and Greek students. This year the donation amounted to R1000 per student. Every student received a free copy of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (the edition of the Hebrew Bible), the Nestle-Aland version of the Greek New Testament (28th edition) and a Greek/English dictionary.