A PAN-AFRICAN RESPONSE TO THE CLASSICS

Michael Lambert, Mogomme Alpheus Masoga

Abstract


1. INTRODUCTION
During 1993, the two authors, in collaboration with Jessie Maritz (University of
Zimbabwe), Maryse Waegeman (University of Malawi) and Diane Jorge (University of the
Western Cape), embarked on a research programme which we have entitled "A. PanAfrican
Response to the Classics". In order to assess perceived areas of similiarity and
difference between African society and the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome, we
constructed a questionnaire which was issued to students at the Universities of Zimbabwe,
Malawi, the Western Cape and Natal (PMB). Passages were culled, for example, from
classical literature, philosophy, and from religious and political texts, and questions were
set on them which aimed at eliciting critical comment, debate and information. It was
hoped that, from the responses to the questionnaires, classicists in South Africa could be
guided towards those aspects of the curriculum which could have most relevance for the
university constituency of the future. Curriculum development was thus the major aim of
the research project. Whilst it is impossible to give a detailed analysis of responses to the
questionnaire,! it is hoped that this paper will give some indication of the range of
response and interest generated.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/39-2-523

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