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J P J van Rensburg

1911 - 1980

Author of academic publications and translator of classical works
Professor of Classical languages at the University of Stellenbosch, 1947 - 1976

Johannes Petrus Jansen van Rensburg was born on 23 August, 1911, at Tweedronk, Standerton District and attended school in Standerton. He studied Classical Languages at the universities of Stellenbosch (BA Latin and Greek, 1932, SOD and MA in 1934, all cum laude, DLit 1943: The relative strength of the most important Oriental religions and their influence on Roman life up to the end of the third centurty A.D. With an Abe Bailey bursary he continued his studies in London (MA in Classical languages, cum laude, 1938) for two years.
1947-51: Professor of Classical languages at the University of Stellenbosch
1951-1976: Professor of Greek

Jansen van Rensburg was a member of the South African Academy for Arts and Science and a member of the Classical Association of South Africa. He died on 21 November, 1980.

Awards: Academy Awards for Drama translations 1948 and 1963, Poetry translations 1965 and (posthumously) for Prose translations 1995


1945: Die Vroue van Troje - Euripides
1953: 'n Eeerste Griekse Grammatika
1955: Griekse Oefeninge met Woordelyste
1959: 'n Oorsig van die Oud-Griekse Letterkunde
1961: Die Antigone - Sophokles
1963: Die Odusseia - Homerus
1967: Die Iphigenia in Aulis - Euripides
1969: Die Elektra - Sophokles
1970: Die Lusistrata - Aristophanes
         Die Mooiste Verhale van Esopus
1994: Die Ooste teen die Weste (translation of Herodot)

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