New book on the Aramaeans

February 5th, 2014 by ancient7

Historical and cultural role of the Aramaeans in ancient Syria

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Prof Herbert Niehr of Eberhard Karls University Tübingen is an extraordinary professor at the Department of Ancient Studies and the editor of The Aramaeans in Ancient Syria (Brill). This new handbook gives detailed and current information on different aspects of Aramaean culture in Syria supplemented by overviews on the Aramaeans in Assyria, Babylonia, Phoenicia, Palestine, Egypt, North Arabia and on the Aramaean heritage in the Levant. See here for more.

Charles Fensham-Gedenklesing 2013

October 21st, 2013 by ancient7

Charles Fensham-gedenklesing, 15 Oktober 2013

Prof. Johan Thom en mev. Yvonne Fensham, eggenote van wyle prof. Charles Fensham

Prof. Johan Thom en mev. Yvonne Fensham, eggenote van wyle prof. Charles Fensham

Die Charles Fensham-gedenklesing is vanjaar op 15 Oktober deur prof. Johan Thom van die departement Antieke Studie gelewer. Die onderwerp van die lesing was “Populêre filosofie en die Nuwe Testament”. Prof. Thom het aangetoon dat die filosofiese begrippe en terminologie wat dikwels in Nuwe Testamentiese tekste geïdentifiseer word, nie teruggevoer kan word na spesifieke filosofiese tradisies soos die Platonisme, Sinisme of Stoïsisme nie, maar dat dit van populêre filosofie afkomstig is wat deel gevorm het van opgevoede mense se kulturele repertorium. Die voor-die-hand-liggende bronne vir populêre filosofie uit die ontstaanstyd van die Nuwe Testament is populêr-filosofiese tekste wat gebruik is om filosofiese denke vir nie-spesialiste toeganklik te maak.

Book published on bilateral research in the Septuagint

September 2nd, 2013 by ancient7

Research on the Septuagint by scholars from the universities of Munich and Stellenbosch

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Prof Johann Cook of Ancient Studies and Prof Hermann-Josef Stipp, extraordinary professor from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, are joint editors of a Brill publication on the bilateral research in Septuagint studies conducted from 2009 to 2011 by scholars from the universities of Munich (Germany) and Stellenbosch (South Africa) entitled: Text-Critical and Hermeneutical Studies in the Septuagint. See here for more.

New book on the provenance of the Septuagint

September 2nd, 2013 by ancient7

Joint publication deals with the provenance issue of the Septuagint

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Prof Johann Cook of Ancient Studies is the co-author with Prof. Arie van der Kooij (Emeritus) from the University of Leiden of the following study on the provenance of the Septuagint published by Peeters Publishers: Law, Prophets, and Wisdom: On the Provenance of Translators and their Books in the Septuagint Version. See here for more.

Nuwe boek deur buitengewone professor

August 30th, 2013 by ancient7

Essays oor die Priestergeskrif, Deuteronomistiese Geskiedenis en Profesie

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‘n Buitengewone professor by Antieke Studie, prof. dr. Hermann-Josef Stipp van die Katholisch-Theologischen Fakultät aan die Ludwig-Maximilians-UniversitätMünchen, se nuwe boek, Alttestamentliche Studien: Arbeiten zu Priesterschrift, Deuteronomistischem Geschichtswerk und Prophetie, is onlangs deur De Gruyter gepubliseer. Sien hier vir meer.

Animal Mummy Project presents poster in Rio de Janeiro

August 23rd, 2013 by ancient7

Animal Mummy poster presented at the 8th World Congress on Mummy Studies

Recently, Dr Ruhan Slabbert and Ms Liani Swanepoel of the South African Animal Mummy Project attended the 8th World Congress on Mummy Studies held 6-9 August at Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The congress brings together the world of natural and deliberate mummies – ancient Egyptian, Inca, bog bodies, etc. – and focuses on the scientific study of everything related to mummies and mummification.

The South African Animal Mummy project presented a poster at the congress entitled: Looking inside votive creatures: Computed Tomography (CT) scanning of ancient Egyptian mummified animals in a South African Museum showcasing the CT scanning results of the five animal mummies housed in the Egyptian collection of Iziko Museums of South Africa in Cape Town.

The other members of the project are Prof Sakkie Cornelius and Dr Anton du Plessis. For more information see the following links:

CT Scanner at Central Analytical Facility

Looking inside Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies/’n Kykie binne Antieke Egiptiese Dieremummies

Looking inside votive creatures: Computed Tomography (CT) scanning of ancient Egyptian mummified animals in Iziko Museums of South Africa: A preliminary report

The 8th World Congress on Mummy Studies

The 8th World Congress on Mummy Studies, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Inside the congress

Inside the congress auditorium

The Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The South African Animal Mummy Project poster

The South African Animal Mummy Project poster

Dr Ruhan Slabbert

Dr Ruhan Slabbert

Ms Liani Swanepoel

Ms Liani Swanepoel

Lecturer’s work on the Lamentations manuscripts from Qumran gets published

August 16th, 2013 by ancient7

First large-scale investigation of Lamentations manuscripts from Qumran gets published by Brill

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Scholarly publishers, Brill, has published Dr Gideon R. Kotzé’s work on the Lamentations manuscripts from Qumran. He is a part-time lecturer in Biblical languages at the Department of Ancient Studies. In The Qumran Manuscripts of Lamentations: A Text-Critical Study, the first large-scale investigation of the topic, Dr Kotzé establishes how the four Lamentations manuscripts from Qumran present the content of the biblical book. See here for more details.

Dieremummies besoek La Clémence

August 16th, 2013 by ancient7

Praatjie oor antieke Egiptiese dieremummies by La Clémence

Prof. Sakkie Cornelius en dr. Ruhan Slabbert, twee lede van die Suid-Afrikaanse Dieremummieprojek van die Universiteit Stellenbosch, het Donderdag 25 Julie by die aftreedorpie, La Clémence, besoek afgelê om oor antieke Egiptiese dieremummies en hul eie navorsing op die dieremummies in die Iziko Museums van Suid-Afrika in Kaapstad te praat. In hul praatjie getiteld: ‘n Kykie binne antieke Egiptiese dieremummies: Moderne tegnologie onthul antieke geheime het prof. Cornelius van die interessante antieke Egiptiese gebruik om diere te mummifiseer (letterlik miljoene) vertel waarna dr. Slabbert die verrassende resultate van ‘n onlangse CT-skandering van die Iziko dieremummies met die gehoor gedeel het.

Mev. Magna Cornelius, prof. Sakkie Cornelius en dr. Ruhan Slabbert

Mev. Magna Cornelius, prof. Sakkie Cornelius en dr. Ruhan Slabbert

Prof. Sakkie Cornelius en een van die inwoners van La Cleménce, mev. Anne McMartan

Prof. Sakkie Cornelius en een van die inwoners van La Clémence, mev. Anne McMartan

Dr. Ruhan Slabbert

Dr. Ruhan Slabbert

Driedimensionele afdruk van die geraamte van een van die Iziko dieremummies: 'n rooivalk

Driedimensionele afdruk van die skelet van een van die Iziko dieremummies: ‘n tipe rooivalk

 

Students enjoy privileged access to museums in Germany

July 29th, 2013 by ancient7

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

July 26th, 2013 by ancient7

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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.