|This bronze figurine from a site in Lebanon,|
circa 1400-1200 BC,
could depict the goddess Anat or Astarte
Professor in Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Department of Ancient Studies
Private Bag X1
(never phone, send an e-mail:)
In 1986 he was appointed as Lecturer at Stellenbosch University (Dept of Semitic
Languages), and in 1994 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer (ad hominem). He
became a full Professor in the new Department of Ancient Studies in 1999.
He specialises in Ancient Near-Eastern culture, religion, art & iconography with emphasis on the interface between art and religion. His teaching includes ancient cultures, societies, art and religion. He has guided 18 Masters and 7 doctoral studies and often acts as external examiner for post-graduate studies.
Cornelius is an editor of the internationally acclaimed Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages which is edited and published by the Department of Ancient Studies. He has a particular interest in the use of digital media in research and teaching and the communication of the ancient world to the public (he is a well-known speaker at the meetings of The Egyptian Society of South Africa).
The authors of Götter und Kulte in Ugarit next to a stela depicting the god Baal, Louvre Paris April 2003
Extra-departmental activities at Stellenbosch University:
1.Central Disciplinary committee: 1998-1999.
2. Council for Theology and Religion: 1998-1999.
3. Institutional Taskgroup for Learning & Teaching: 2000-2001.
4. Chair: Taskgroup for Electronic Learning: 2000-2001.
5. Member of Forum for Electronic Campus: 2000-2002.
6. Chair: Subcommittee for Learning & Teaching Faculty of Arts: 2001-2002
7. Chair: Faculty Committee for Welcoming of new students (2001-2002)
8. Member: Senate since June 1999.
9. Chair: Subcommittee for e-Learning, Faculty of Arts: 2002, 2004-
Current serious academic research includes:
Articles for the "Iconography of Deities and Demons in the Biblical World" on Anat, Astarte, Mistress of Animals and Qudshu.
The culture (art and religion) of Ugarit
A corpus of Palestinian female terrracotta plaques.
The Bible in art.
The art and iconography of the Persian period.
He is a member of various academic societies: Old Testament Society of South
Africa, South African Society for Near Eastern Studies, Classical Association
of South Africa, the International Association of Egyptologists and American Schools of Oriental Research.
Hobbies: Travelling, movies
Favourite books: Books on ancient and other art
Favourite quote: Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get
His partner in life is Magna Krijnauw and they have a daughter, Elnalene, and a son, Pieter-Willem. (see photo: Pieter-Willem in the Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin)
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