North-west University, Faculty of Theology, School of Ancient Language and Text Studies-Latin,Greek,Semetic Languages


About Us

The School of Ancient Languages and Text Studies is chiefly concerned with research relating to the Ancient World, its languages and its material culture. The School houses leading authorities in Classical Latin and Greek, as well as the languages of the Ancient Near East, specifically the Aramaic and the Hebrew of the Tenach, but also Arabic, Acadian, Syriac, Ugaritic and Old-Aramaic.

The School’s special expertise lies in the fields of:

  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Translation studies
  • Classical Latin and Latin teaching and learning

The School of Ancient Languages and Text Studies also has a strong interdisciplinary presence. The School encourages interdisciplinary post graduate work in its Master’s programme  and welcomes candidates from other fields of specialisation e.g. Law Medicine, Pharmacology, Modern Literature with a interest and in ancient texts and culture. . The School also presents short courses in Medical Terminology, Botanical Latin, Old Testament Studies and Mythology.

Prof Marianne Dircksen
Prof Marianne Dircksen
School Director
March 2013