University of South Africa, Pretoria

October 23 - 25, 2008


Contributions are invited on topics related to the reciprocal relationship between Africa and the cultures of Greece and Rome. Papers dealing with
ancient authors writing about Africa or with an African connection, historical and archaeological issues, as well as the reception of the
classical world in Africa are welcomed. While the colloquium focuses on classical material, we encourage proposals from related fields and of an
interdisciplinary nature.

Papers are limited to 45 minutes. Please submit abstracts of appr. 200 words via e-mail attachment to by 10 September 2008.
The body of your email should include your name, institution, department, e-mail address, and the title of your paper.

The Unisa Classics Colloquium is a pleasant and intimate conference in a relaxed atmosphere with ample opportunity for discussion. Over two and a
half days, appr. 20 papers from scholars across the world are presented.We avoid parallel sessions to promote unity and focus in the conference, and
attendants get to know one another properly. We also try to show guests from abroad a little of the country during the conference.


Prof Karla Pollman, University of St Andrews, Augustinus Afer - A Saint Between Worlds
Prof John Hilton, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban), The Representation of the Boukoloi in Achilles Tatios and Heliodoros’
Prof Jo-Marie Claassen, University of Stellenbosch, Cornelius Fronto: a “Libyan nomad” at Rome’
Dr Noureddine Tlili, University of Paris-X-Nanterre, ‘The image of barbarians in Roman North Africa’


The colloquium takes place on the main campus of the University of South Africa in Pretoria, capital of the Republic of South Africa. Among other
attractions, Pretoria is famous for its Jacaranda trees, which are in full bloom at the time of our colloquium (


We start on Thursday morning the 23th and end at lunch time on Saturday the 25th of October. This means that you should preferably book your
flight to arrive on the 24th already. You may book your ticket out for Saturday evening, but that might have cost implications (staying for a
Saturday night often reduces the ticket price considerably) and you will lose out on the Pilanesberg outing (see below).

A preliminary programme will be published after the final date for submissions at:

Conference Fee

Full conference: R350-00 (including coffees, teas, snacks and lunches)
Per day: R120-00

You may work on an exchange rate of roughly ZAR 7.50/$ or ZAR 15/£.

Postgraduates, other students and interested parties not able to claim their conference fees back from their institutions should please contact
me for a discount.


Transport from and to the OR Tambo / Johannesburg International Airport to be arranged. During the colloquium a university vehicle transports
participants between the guest house and the university in the mornings and afternoons.


Pretoria offers a variety of accommodation. For logistical reasons, we prefer that all guests stay at the Brooklyn Guest Houses
( situated in a safe and attractive neighbourhood close to Unisa, the University of Pretoria, and the Brooklyn
and Hatfield shopping centres. Single rates are currently ZAR490-00 p.p.p.d. including breakfast. There are limited rooms available, so please
indicate your choice to me as soon as possible. I will make a single booking for the group.

You are welcome to enquire about alternative possibilities.


You are free to experience the local cuisine on your own, or join the rest of us for an organised outing to one of the Pretoria restaurants after the
day’s proceedings.


We plan a trip for Sunday 26 October to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, 1½ hours drive west of Pretoria where the Big Five may be seen (if we are
lucky) in their natural habitat. Transport will be provided, and the entrance fee for day visitors is minimal (R20 pp.)


Prof. Pollmann has agreed to give a seminar on a topic of her current research on Monday, 27th of October at Unisa. You are welcome to
participate should you still be around.

Possible publication

The possibility exists – should the contributions be of sufficient quality - that we may publish the colloquium papers in an edited volume on
the theme. Inclusion of articles is not automatic, since submitted papers will be peer reviewed. If you would consider submitting your paper to be
published, please indicate that to me via return mail for further guidelines on style.

Further enquiries relating to the colloquium should be directed to Philip Bosman at the e-mail and postal addresses given above.