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Alice Baker

Alice Baker is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. She has been teaching Biblical and Patristic Greek for MALS throughout her candidature. Ask Alice about her research, which investigates the literary structure of an important Patristic Greek text, Athanasius’ Life of Saint Anthony, about a key late antique figure.


Philip Brophy

Philip Brophy is an MRes student in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. He has recently begun tutoring Greek and Latin at MALS, and has assisted Latin and Greek students at Macquarie through PASS and as a mentor in Tele’s Angels. For his MRes thesis Philip will continue looking at Roman society, culture and language. Ask Philip about his recent investigations into obscenity in Cicero’s extant works, and the epigraphy of the town of Carsulae in Umbria, Italy.

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Peter Brown

Peter Brown is a senior lecturer in Pure Mathematics at UNSW and an affiliate of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney. He has tutored Greek classes (Classical and Biblical) for MALS for over 15 years and regularly teaches Greek language courses for the University of Sydney and UNSW. As a researcher Peter’s interests are focused on Mathematics (ask him about Number Theory!) and this has seen him publish on late Greek and Byzantine mathematics, producing several translations of these ancient works (Domninos, Moschopoulos, Planudes).

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Tracey Cameron

Tracey Cameron is a Gamilaraay and Wiradjuri woman, now living in Sydney. She taught in schools for 30 years and for the last seven years has been lecturing and tutoring Aboriginal Studies, Aboriginal History and Gamilaraay at The University of Sydney.

She has been studying language for nearly 10 years, starting with a Master of Indigenous Languages Education (MILE) from the University of Sydney and then taking Gamilaraay and Wiradjuri.

"Aboriginal languages are part of our heritage as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians and they need to be revitalized, maintained and spoken so they can continue to provide a unique window through to the worlds of our ancestors and to our Country".


Katarina Cipuseva

Katarina Cipuseva is currently a research assistant in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University and formerly taught Macedonian for Macquarie’s Department of European Languages for over a decade. She is a member of the MALS Greek tutoring team. Ask Katarina about GELZA, the lexicon project on which she is currently working at Macquarie.

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Sam Cook

Sam Cook is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. Sam’s research interests are focused on the Coptic language and he has been teaching Coptic for MALS during his candidature. Ask Sam about his doctoral project, for which he is investigating non-literary evidence for the effect of Greek language contact on the grammatical structure of Egyptian. This involves a comparative study of the structure, formulae and language of Greek and Coptic legal papyri from the late Roman to the early Islamic periods.


Steven Coxhead

Steven Coxhead is a minister with the Chung Chen Chinese Christian Church. He has taught New Testament Greek and Hebrew at various Sydney and South-East Asian Christian colleges since 2002, and Hebrew and Aramaic at MALS since 2009. Ask Steven about his research interests in Old Testament Studies and Johannine and Pauline theology.


Tracy Davenport

Tracy is a History teacher at Mount St Joseph, Milperra. She has recently joined the MALS tutoring team as an Akkadian teacher, drawing on language skills she developed for her doctoral thesis focused on the Neo-Assyrian period (in particular the reign of Tiglath-pileser III 745–728 BCE). Ask Tracy about empire building and military strategy among the Neo-Assyrians, the subject of her thesis which she is currently working on publishing.

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John Giacon

John Giacon is a Christian Brother who has worked on Gamilaraay Yuwaalaraay (GY) for the last 25 years. From 1994 to 2005 he lived in Walgett, where he worked with Uncle Ted Fields and others. This involved school and TAFE language programs, a number of publications including the Gamilaraay Yuwaalaraay Yuwaalayaay Dictionary, Yugal – a CD and songbook of GY songs, Gaay Garay Dhadhin, (a picture dictionary), Dhiirrala (a teacher’s handbook).

In 2006 he moved to Canberra, beginning a PhD on GY, completed in 2014. He has taught Gamilaraay at the University of Sydney since 2006, and at ANU more recently. In 2017 John received the Patji-Dawes award for outstanding language teaching.

Ask John about his current language work, which includes working with GR community groups, translations, language policy, including the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages at university (see and publications, as well as some ongoing research into GY and related languages.


Christopher Haddad

Christopher Haddad is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. Christopher has taught Greek and Latin for MALS and Macquarie University since 2014, as well as tutoring for several ancient history courses. Ask Christopher about his research on post-classical Greek in documentary sources (inscriptions and papyri). He specializes in the Greek of Roman official documents (letters, decrees, edicts, laws) as well as the language of such texts in early Latin.


Grant Hayes

Grant Hayes is a copy editor and Egyptian language teacher. He has taught Middle Egyptian for many years since completing his MA in Egyptology at Macquarie University. During that time Grant has founded (2000) and developed the Egyptian component of MALS, tutored for the Department of Ancient History, and has helped many students to pursue their language interests in his Glyph seminar, a weekly reading group dedicated to studying Hieroglyphic texts. Ask Grant about Middle Egyptian grammar, the underworld books of the New Kingdom, or hieroglyphs of the Graeco-Roman period.


Madeline Jenkins

Madeline is currently completing her BA in Ancient History at Macquarie University, majoring in Egypt and the Near East. She has assisted Macquarie students with their language studies through the PAL/PASS program. Ask Madeline about her future study plans. She would like to undertake a PhD and explore her interests in the relationship between text and image in (late) Egyptian wall scenes.


Paul McKechnie

Paul McKechnie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. MALS is excited to welcome him back to its tutoring team in 2017. Paul has taught Greek and Latin periodically throughout his career and currently also offers various courses exploring the Hellenistic World and early Christianity. Ask Paul about Ptolemy II Philadelphus (second Macedonian King of Egypt, 282–246 BCE), about whom he has recently co-edited a book with Philippe Guillaume.


Emma Magro

Emma Magro works as a tutor and research assistant in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. Formerly a long-time student of MALS, she has taught Hieratic (a cursive form of Hieroglyphic Egyptian) with MALS since 2015. She has provided private tutoring for university students in Egyptian, Coptic, Greek and Latin as well. Ask Emma about her research interests. She is interested in the development of Egyptian grammar and script in its various forms (Late Egyptian, Demotic and Coptic).

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David Moore

David Moore is a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Australia. He also works as a linguist with the Northern Territory Department of Education at the Alice Springs Language Centre. David has taught Eastern and Central Arrernte since 2015 (certificate and evening courses) and Alyawarr to Northern Territory Education staff since 1998. We are pleased to welcome David back to MALS to teach our Introduction to Australian Aboriginal Languages course this Summer. Ask David about his doctoral thesis 'German Lutheran Missionaries and the linguistic description of Central Australian languages 1890­­­–1910', which establishes a basis for the scholarly interpretation and evaluation of the missionary descriptions of the Aranda language.


Kerry Peadon

Kerry Peadon is a retired medical doctor and has completed no less than two masters degrees, one honurs degree, and a diploma of ancient languages exploring his interest in the ancient world and its texts. Kerry has recently joined the MALS tutoring team, teaching both Hieroglyphic Egyptian and Latin, after participating as a student in many Winter and Summer Weeks, as well as various other informal language learning groups, over many years. Ask Kerry about seniors in the Roman World (his 1996 MA thesis) or engage him on a topic related to Ancient Egypt (the primary subject matter of his most recent MA).


 Anne Porter

Anne Porter is an English and History secondary school teacher. She tutors privately and has been teaching classical Hebrew at MALS since 2009. Anne also writes educational material for secondary school teachers and students, including journal articles for Mohannah Education. Look out for Anne Yakoubi, Dot Point Ancient History and Dot Point Modern History for the HSC curriculum (Science Press). Ask Anne about the next ancient history book she is currently working on. 

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Paul Reisner

Paul Reisner is a classics teacher at Sydney Grammar School and affiliate of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. He has been a long-time contributor to MALS, teaching Greek at our Summer and Winter Weeks for over 30 years. Ask Paul about Greek, Latin or Sanskrit, which he has periodically taught at MALS and regularly teaches to his secondary school students.


Emmanuel Roumanis

Emmanuel Roumanis has recently completed his MRes, and is about to embark on a PhD, supervised through Macquarie University and Ghent University in Belgium. He has worked as a research assistant in the Department of Ancient History and tutored various levels of Greek at MALS since 2015. Ask Emmanuel about his research on Atticism (imitation of classical Attic Greek by later Greek speakers and writers) and the vocabulary of Modern Greek and its dialects! For his PhD Emmanual will be investigating Atticist lexica and their influence on the language of Greek documentary texts (papyri and non-literary texts) of the Koine and early Byzantine periods (III BCE - VIII CE).


Ellen Ryan

Ellen Ryan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. She has taught Hieroglyphic Egyptian at various levels since 2013 and works as a tutor and research assistant in the Department as well.

Ellen worked with Dr. Yann Tristant to edit the first catalogue of the Egyptian collection at Macquarie’s Museum of Ancient Cultures, which was published in 2017. Ask Ellen about her research on the biographies of 18th Dynasty officials (c. 1539–1292 BCE), and textual and visual forms of self-presentation.


Pauline Stanton

Pauline Stanton is a secondary school teacher, specialising in Ancient and Modern History. She has also been an Egyptian language tutor for 16 years, for the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie, for MALS, and privately. Pauline received an MA in Egyptology from Macquarie University in 2000 and has recently returned to complete an MRES, for which she is translating and analysing the inscriptions on the bases of Hatshepsut’s two obelisks at Karnak. Ask Pauline about her work as a volunteer on the Giza Archives Project (Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston).


Elizabeth Stockdale

Elizabeth Stockdale is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. She was a Latin and History teacher in Sydney for many years, and later a Latin and Classical Greek teacher. Elizabeth received an M.A. in Ancient Greek literature in 2012 from Macquarie University. She has taught Latin and Greek at MALS since 2015, and has been a Tutor in the Department of Ancient History since 2011. Her research for her doctoral thesis focuses on Helen and the semantics of certain words reflected in the value systems in Homeric epic. Ask Elizabeth about Homeric epic, and other ancient epics in the ancient world.

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Priscilla Strasek

Priscilla Strasek is a Yuwaalaraay/Gamilaraay woman from Lightning Ridge. She is passionate about language revitalisation and has been involved in language work for over 20 years, currently employed by the AECG as a Community Project Officer for the Gamilaraay/Yuwaalaraay/Yuwaalayaay Language & Culture Nest. She is completing a Bachelor Degree from Charles Sturt University, which has included 3 units of Gamilaraay. Priscilla has contributed to the development of Yuwaalaraay/Gamilaraay resources and taught Yuwaalaraay/Gamilaraay languages in schools. 


Jonathan Thambyrjah

Jonathan is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. He is a Biblical Hebrew tutor at Sydney University and we are excited that he has been able to join the MALS tutoring team this summer (2018). Ask Jonathan about his current research. He is looking at loan words in the Hebrew Bible, focusing on their function as a literary feature in the books of Exodus, Daniel, Esther, and Ezra.


Noel Weeks

Noel Weeks is a retired Senior Lecturer and an honorary Associate of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney. He has taught Akkadian for over 30 years and Hittite occasionally throughout that period. We have been lucky enough to have Noel teach our MALS Akkadian course for 10 of those years. Ask Noel about his comparative study of Ancient Near Eastern cultures. His recent publications include Admonition and Curse: The Ancient Near Eastern Treaty/Covenant Form as a Problem in Inter-cultural Relationships (2004).


Samuel Wessels

Samuel Wessels is currently completing an MRES at Macquarie University, researching post classical Greek in the Septuagint. He has taught Latin and Greek for MALS over the past two years and worked on Trevor Evans and John Lee's 'Greek-English Lexicon of the Zenon Archive' project. Ask Samuel about verbs meaning “to make war” in the Pentateuch and the books of Kingdoms.