Ancient Greek pottery and poetry talk

The Stellenbosch Arts Association invites all members and visitors to a talk, “Pottery (and poetry) from the Ancient Greek Symposium” – by Samantha Masters, on Wednesday August 24, at 5.30pm, at the Stellenbosch University Art Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street.

Entry is free for members, and R30 for non-members.

Iziko Museums, in Cape Town, own several delicately painted pieces of fine ancient Athenian pottery. Such items would, in antiquity, have mainly been used in the context of the famous ancient Greek symposium (“drinking party”) for the storage, preparation, pouring and drinking of wine.

This lecture will present key pieces from the collection and investigate the stories that they can tell us. Their manufacture and uses in antiquity, as well as their more recent stories of museum acquisition and display, will be explored.

Dr Masters grew up in Durban, where she completed her undergraduate degree and her Masters in Classics at the University of Natal Durban. She spent three years in London, and after returning to South Africa, taught at UCT in the School of Languages and Literatures, Classics Section. She now teaches in the Department of Ancient Studies at Stellenbosch University. Her PhD in Classics from Exeter University (UK) research project investigated iconography and emotions in Greek art, specifically the language of love and affection on ancient Athenian vases. Contact them at 021 808 3668 or

for more details.