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2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW | EXCELLENCE
UCT BOOK AWARD FOR
CLASSICS SCHOLAR
Professor David Wardle, former director of the School of
Languages and Literatures and acting dean of Humanities,
won the 2018 UCT Book Award for Suetonius: Life of Augustus.
The annual award recognises
outstanding works by UCT staff and
is open to published works in any
category.
This is Wardle’s third volume in
Oxford University Press’s prestigious
Clarendon Ancient History Series.
The work has been described
as a “comprehensive, historical,
historiographical and literary
commentary in English on the
biography of Rome’s first emperor,
Augustus, written in the second
century AD”.
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus was
a biographer and scholar who rose
from relative obscurity in modernday Algeria to serve at the head of
the Roman civil service. He used
his knowledge of the job of an
emperor to create an evaluative
framework, which he used for the first
biographies of Rome’s emperors.
Acording to Suetonius there were
many signs and omens that Augustus
was destined for not just great things,
but also divinity – a god-emperor
reflecting the ancient manifestations
of ‘ruler cult’.
Wardle’s book is the first scholarly
commentary to be accessible to
readers without any knowledge
of Latin or Greek through its use
of English lemmata, while the new
translation remains faithful to the
original Latin.
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