The Classical Association of South Africa

The Classical Association of South Africa (CASA) has been in existence since as early as 1908 and has existed in its current form since 1956. The aim of CASA is to promote the study and appreciation of classical antiquity. The majority of our membership consists of academic staff and students, but membership is open to anyone who subscribes to this goal. The Association produces a regular journal, Acta Classica, and organises a national conference at its biennial meeting (usually in June). The regional branches of the Association organise more frequent regional meetings (usually in the spring and autumn of each year).

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CASA organizes various activities both on a national and on a regional basis: A national conference is held biennially, but regional branches arrange more frequent local events.

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Membership of the Classical Association of South Africa is open to anyone interested in classical antiquity who shares the aims of the Association. Membership of the Association automatically includes membership of a Regional Branch.

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The Classical Association of South Africa holds an international conference every alternate year (normally in July) and arranges regular smaller meetings and events within its various branches.

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Today, another new member joins the Lego Classicists family! Introducing Lego Dr. Samantha Masters.

The real Dr. Samantha Masters is a Lecturer in the Department of Ancient Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Dr. Masters specialises in Greek pottery (Attic/Athenian) and the reception of classical themes in modern culture, especially South African modern art.

She says, “I work on iconography, and the reception of ancient visual culture in contemporary societies, especially classical influences in the work of current South African artists.”

Dr. Masters publishes and collaborates widely and she instituted the ongoing South African Classical Antiquities (SACA) Database Project, which is a megadatabase of all classical artefacts in South African museum collections and she is Principal Investigator of South Africa, Greece, Rome: a digital museum.

I met Dr. Masters in 2016 when she gave an interesting lecture that really challenged (and delighted) a conservative Australian classics audience about a brightly-coloured contemporary sculpture installation that interpreted Homer and when she visited me earlier this year, we talked about the interpretation of the classical sculpture Laocoon in contemporary South African art.

Dr. Masters is doing very valuable work that helps identify and contextualize the role of classics in modern culture, especially South Africa.

You can read more about Dr. Masters’ work here:

Please welcome Lego Dr. Samantha Masters to the LC family!

(Artist’s Note: When designing this figure, I got to work directly with Dr. Masters when she visited my home and work studio in Australia earlier this year and she and I went through all the choices of heads in my Lego tool kit until we came across the perfect one. It was a really fun experience to create this portrait with the subject in the same room.)
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