Prof Louise Cilliers
Position
Research Fellow
Department
Greek Latin and Classical Studies
Address
23
Greek Latin and Classical Studies
IB 97
Telephone
Office
Stef Coetzee Building
Information

Short CV

Louise Cilliers graduated with an M.A. (cum laude) at the University of Pretoria, and thereafter obtained a Dra. Litt. et Phil. (cum laude) at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands, and in 1984 a D.Litt. et Phil. at the Rand Afrikaans University.

After lecturing at the University of Natal, UNISA and RAU, she joined the UFS and in 1985 became Professor and Head of the Department of Latin; in 1998 this department merged with the English department, and became the Dept. of English and Classical Culture. In 2004 the Dept. of Greek also became part of this department, which is now known as the Dept. of English and Classical Languages.

Amongst publications on a wide variety of aspects of the Classics (in particular ancient history and Greek and Roman drama), a translation of and commentary on Aristotle’s Poetics which Prof. Cilliers wrote in collaboration with Prof. E.L. de Kock, was awarded the S.A. Academy of Arts and Science’s Prize for Translated Work in 1993.

She regularly attends overseas conferences, and during a research visit to Europe in 2001 she gave lectures at various universities in The Netherlands and Germany. In 2002 she was invited to visit the University of Leiden as Scaliger Fellow, the first overseas academic to be honoured in this way.

Prof. Cilliers’s interest in ancient history has in recent times led to various articles on the more specialised field of ancient medicine, a rapidly growing field of research in Europe and the United States. In 1997 she joined forces with Prof. Francois Retief, previous Dean of the Medical Faculty and previous Rector of the University of the Free State. In 2006 the S.A. Academy of Arts and Science awarded her the Stals Prize for Interdisciplinary Teamwork with Prof. Francois Retief.

Publications (Short List)

2000: ‘Epidemics of the Roman Empire 27 BC – AD 476’, South African Medical Journal 90.3, 267-272 .

2000: ‘Die epidemie van Justinianus, 542 vC: voorspel tot die Middeleeue’ (‘The epidemic of Justinian, 542 AD: Prelude to the Middle Ages’), Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe 40.3, 249-254.

2000: ‘Loodvergiftiging in antieke Rome’ (‘Lead poisoning in ancient Rome’), Acta Academica 32.2, 167-184.

2000: ‘Doodsoorsake van die Romeinse keisers, 27 vC – 476 nC’ (‘Causes of death of the Roman emperors, 27 BC – 476 AD’), Geneeskunde April edition, 19-24.

2000: ‘Hippokrates: feit en fiksie’ (‘Hippocrates: fact and fiction’), Geneeskunde 10, 10-14.

2000: ‘Poisoning in the Renaissance: the Medici’s and the Borgias’, Tydskrif vir Middeleeue en Renaissance 10, 1-12.

2001: ‘Tumours and cancers in ancient Greece and Rome’, The South African Medical Journal 91.4, 344-348.

2001: ‘Snake and staff symbolism and healing’, Geneeskunde 92.7, 553-556.

2002: ‘The evolution of hospitals from antiquity to the Renaissance’, Curationis 25.4,60-66.

2005: “Geneeskundige etiek in die Grieks-Romeinse tyd”, Akroterion 50: 1-12.

2006: “Geneeskundige bydraes uit Noord-Afrika in die Grieks-Romeinse tyd”, Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe 46.1:77-86

2003: “The history and pathology of crucifixion”. S.A. Medical Journal 93.12, 938-941.

2005: “Medical dreams in the Graeco-Roman World”, SAMJ 95.11:841-4.

2006: “Periodic pyrexia and malaria in Antiquity”. SAMJ 96.6:684-8.

2006: “Chirurgie in die Grieks-Romeinse era”, Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie 25.2:82-92.

2006: “Medical practice in the Graeco-Roman World”, Curationis (vol. and page numbers not yet available) Among Cilliers’s own recent publications are the following:

2004: “Vindicianus’ Gynaecia and Theories on generation and embryology from the Babylonians up to Graeco-Roman times”, in: Magic and Rationality in Ancient Near Eastern and Graeco-Roman Medicine. H.F.J.Horstmanshoff & M.Stol(eds.). Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 256-273.

2005: “The Textual Transmission of Vindicianus’ Gynaecia: the Codex Monacensis” (Journal of Medieval Latin (vol. and page numbers not yet available)

2006: “Facts and fancies on male and female in Graeco-Roman medical theories”, Scholia Vol.14 (vol. and page numbers not yet available).

2006: “Forgery, fiction and false names in the didactic letters prefacing Marcellus’s De Medicamentis”. Acta Academica (vol. and page numbers not yet available)

Area(s) of Interest

LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE GREEK LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE CLASSICAL LITERARY THEORY ANCIENT MEDICINE LATIN FOR LAWYERS

Courses Presented

LATIN 114/124 LATIN 214/224 LATIN 314/324 LATIN HONS. LATIN M.A. LEGAL LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (RTK 108)


FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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