CASA: REPORT ON ACTIVITIES IN THE KWAZULU-NATAL REGION

 

On 1 January 2005, the University of Natal (Durban and Pietermaritzburg) officially merged with the University of Durban-Westville to form the University of KwaZulu-Natal. This has undoubtedly affected the activities of CASA in the region. The new institution is fortunate to have an ex-Classicist, Mrs Brenda Bell, in the executive of the new university.

 

Durban

 

Personalia

 

Mrs Anne Gosling retired after twenty-eight years of service to the University of Natal.  Anne taught at Pietermaritzburg in the early years of her career, but spent most of her productive years as a Classicist in Durban. Anne is a long-standing member of CASA and always contributed a great deal of her time and energy to promoting Classics in the region and will no doubt continue to do so.

 

Dr. Suzanne Sharland joined the Durban Classicists from Wits on 1 January 2005. We would like to wish her and her family a happy future in KZN.

 

We continue to enjoy the moral support of independent Classicists such as Professor Ken Matier, Dr Steven Jackson, Dr Leonora Jackson, Dr Harrichand Somaroo, Mrs Anne Briggs, Dr Ann Delany, Mrs Aileen Bevis; friends of Classics such as Mrs Joy McGill, Mrs Brigette Hopkins, Ms Tamaryn Crankshaw, Mrs Louella Morgan-Jarvis; and an enthusiastic group of postgraduate students, Ms Susan Haskins, Mr Mark Kirby-Hirst, Mr Terrence Lockyer, Mrs Shirley Murray, Ms Bronwen Wheeler, Ms Trishana Ramluckan, Mr. Eugene Govender, Ms Lydia Matthews, Mr James Staples, Ms Yumba Kakhobwe, Ms Sophie Alexander, Mr Peregrine Dace, and Mr Brett Van Niekerk.

 

Donations

 

Classics (Howard College), continued to benefit from the generous donations of Miss Joan Law. In 2003 we acquired 5 Roman coins: A denarius depicting Antony and Octavian (Durban 2004.45), an Augustan dupondius (2004.46) an Augustan as (2004.47), a denarius depicting Commodus (2004.48) and a denarius depicting Septimius Severus (2004.49). See Ryan, A & Gosling, A. 2003. In the Museum Akroterion 48: 123-8. In 2004 we acquired two Egyptian pieces: a fragment of cartonnage from a 21st dynasty (1070-945) anthropoid sarcophagus (Durban 2005.50) and a wooden fragment of a sarcophagus panel with hieroglyphics from late in the Ptolemaic period (Durban 2005.51). See Ryan, A. 2004 In the Museum Akroterion 49 (forthcoming).

 

The programme has also received generous donations of second-hand Classics books from Mrs Jean Hill (née Ballantine [MA University of Cape Town, 1949]), and Mrs Dorothy Andrews, who taught Latin at the University of Durban-Westville for many years. All these books help to keep the Whiteley Library in our department going.

 

Grants

 

Professor J. L. Hilton was awarded an NRF research grant for overseas study in 2005-2006.

 

A doctoral student, Ms Susan Haskins, was awarded the UKZN doctoral research grant and an H. B. Webb bursary to further her studies overseas. The title of her thesis is 'Illuminating the "other": Representations of female sexuality in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses.'

 

An MA student, Ms Bronwen Wheeler, was awarded a JET programme grant to teach English in Japan (2005/2006).

 

An Honours student, Ms Riona Naidu, won a Commonwealth Scholarship to England (2004/2005), where she is studying Archaeological Information Systems for an MSc degree at York University.

 

Visiting Lecturers

 

Dr Richard Evans gave two talks, one on Tuesday, 28 June 20005, 'Thucydides and the end of the Athenian Siege of Syracuse' and the other on Wednesday, 29 June 2005, 'Rome's Cimbric Wars (114-101 BC) and their impact on the Iberian Peninsula.'

 

Professor Louise Cilliers gave a talk 'Where were the doctors when the Roman Empire Died' in November 2004.

 

Professor Christoff Zietsman gave a talk on Persius' Satires in July 2004.

 

Extra-mural Lectures

 

Professor Bisram Rambilas (ex University of Durban-Westville) has taught Sanskrit to twenty-five volunteer students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal since 2003.

 

Research Colloquium

 

The Classics Department on the Howard College campus has continued to hold regular research colloquia, open to graduate students, members of staff and interested members of the public. These colloquia were organised by Ms. Elke Steinmeyer. No fewer than 28 papers were read and discussed by a wide variety of participants:

 

2nd semester, 2003:

 

27 August

Adrian Ryan

(Classics, UND)

A tentative chronology of the Princeton Painter’s work

10 September

Mark Kirby-Hirst

(Classics, UND)

"Just who are these people?" What it takes to make a diviner - Greek and Zulu perspectives.

17 September

Terrence Lockyer

(Classics, UND and Johannesburg)

Oversexed and Underground: The transmutations of Kaineus

1 October

Professor Jacqueline Machabéïs

(French, UND)

Albert Camus’ La Peste and his relationship to classical antiquity

15 October

Louella Morgan-Jarvis

(Classics, UND)

to be announced

22 October

Sharon Cool

(Philosophy, UND)

Sigmund Freud and the Classics

 

1st semester, 2004:

 

3 March

Mark Kirby-Hirst

(Classics)

Why Study Diviners? Summarising a Comparison of Greek and Zulu Divination

17 March

Professor Bernhard Kytzler

(School of Graduate Studies and Foreign Languages)

Do you speak European?

31 March

Adrian Ryan

(Classics)

The Princeton Painter in 3D: Using demensionality reduction to classify vase profiles

21 April

Professor John Hilton

(Classics)

Adamastor, Gigantomachies, and the Postcolonial Debate

28 April

Riona Naidu

(Classics)

Prostitutes and Mistresses: Defining “Hetaira” in Ancient Greece

12 May

Elke Steinmeyer

(Classics)

Postcolonial Electra in “In the City of Paradise”

 

2nd semester, 2004:

 

25 August

Brett van Niekerk

(Classics and Engineering, UKZN)

Unconventional Warfare in Ancient and Classical Ages

8 September

Adrian Ryan

(Classics, UKZN)

How many words should a picture tell? Information reduction and image compression of vase paintings

15 September

Terrence Lockyer

(Classics, UKZN and Johannesburg)

Valerius' Argonauts:  Sailing for Troy?

29 September

Anne Briggs

(Classics, UKZN)

Continuity and change in parent-child relationships: Some aspects of the social history background to the Homeric poems and Vergil’s Aeneid

27 October

Susan Haskins

(Classics, UKZN)

Female sexuality in Apuleius’ The Golden Ass: Defining parameters

3 November

Anne Gosling

(Classics, UKZN)

Revelling in liberation: Wole Soyinka's The Bacchae of Euripides'

10 November

Adrian Ryan

(Classics, UKZN)

Its's very nice but is it art? A defence of stylistics in the study of artefacts.

 

1st semester, 2005:

 

23 February

Anne Gosling

(Classics, UKZN)

Style on the Nile: Herodotus with digital camera

2 March

Professor Bernhard Kytzler

(Foreign Languages, UKZN)

Ancient Utopias

16 March

Elke Steinmeyer

(Classics, UKZN)

Electra in the Marvel Universe

6 April

Terrence Lockyer

(Classics, Johannesburg & UKZN)

Conquering Kings in Valerius Flaccus

 

20 April

Adrian Ryan

(Classics, UKZN)

Heads Up: Pose estimation as a factor in the attribution of black-figure vase-paintings

4 May

Professor John Hilton

(Classics, UKZN)

War and Peace in Ancient Fiction

25 May

Dr Suzanne Sharland

(Classics, UKZN)

The influence of Classics on the thought of Bakhtin

 

 

Pietermaritzburg

 

 

Members of the Classics programme on the Pietermaritzburg campus continued with their ‘outreach programme’, giving two 6-lecture series for the general public at the Natal Museum. Topics covered included mythology, Greek sculpture, religion and ritual and the ancient Olympic Games. In addition, two talks were given at local schools—one on the Iliad and the other entitled ‘Amazons, Gorgons and other Women’ (somewhat rashly presented to a wine-quaffing audience of pupils’ mothers and female members of staff).

 

Topics of the museum lectures included:

 

'Herakles: 'founder' of the Olympic Games' (David Pike)

'Other Olympic myths: Pelops and Hippodameia' (David Pike)

'Athletics, competition and erotics: the Greek male body' (Michael Lambert)

'Pindar: celebrating victories in song' (Michael Lambert)

'Ancient Olympia: the site' (Peter Tennant)

'Let the Games begin' (Peter Tennant)

 

Peter Tennant

Chairperson, CASA (KZN)