n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Alexander and the unity of mankind : some Cape Town perspectives
|Article Title||Alexander and the unity of mankind : some Cape Town perspectives|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||170 - 184|
The brevity of this afterpiece on three characters operating in Cape Town - Benjamin Farrington, Harold Baldry and Mary Renault - reflects the fact that in South Africa Alexander studies did not attract much serious engagement before the 1980s. One reason may have been that in most universities where the Classical languages were studied, Latin was mainly taken by students who were obliged to take Latin if they wished to study Law, and Greek was strongest where it served as an ancillary for students majoring in Theology. This had a bearing on the research interests of at least some academic staff, and virtual job demarcation tended to keep the two sections apart in the Afrikaans-medium universities. And then there was the convenient conviction that courses on Classical civilisation and literature in translation, at least if beyond the introductory first year level, were close to a betrayal of the core value of Classics at university level.
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