Public lecture to focus on Greek papyrology

Belinda Bantham -- Thu, 01/25/2018 - 14:17

Public lecture to focus on Greek papyrology 

The North-West University’s (NWU’s) School of Ancient Language and Text Studies in the Faculty of Theology is home to leading authorities in classic Latin, ancient Greek and, the languages of the Ancient Near East. One such an expert is Dr Isabella Bonati, a postdoctoral fellow in Latin.

Public Lecture

On 21 February 2018, Dr Bonati will take to the stage as the keynote speaker during a public lecture hosted by the NWU’s Ancient History Association subject society and research focus area, Ancient Texts: Texts, Contexts and Reception.

The title of the lecture will be: “From the dry sand (and the garbage) of Egypt… a journey into Greek papyrology.”

The lecture is open to all interested individuals – be it staff, students or members of the public who are interested in languages and history. The lecture will commence at 19:00 at the Theology Building (K23) on the NWU’s Potchefstroom Campus. For more information please send an email to

More about Dr Isabella Bonati

Dr Bonati works at the Università di Parma in Italy and is an expert researcher in sociolinguistics, semantics and philology. 

During the public lecture, Dr Bonati will shed more light on the past by reading ancient personal correspondence preserved on papyri in Graeco-Roman Egypt. These correspondence include medical prescriptions, letters of complaint, amulets and more.

* The Università di Parma is one of the oldest universities in the world, founded in the 10th century.