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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.

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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, Plaundes).

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Helen Neale

Helen Neale has recently completed an MRES in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University and is soon to embark on doctoral studies at the University of Oxford in the UK. She has tutored in Hieroglyphic Egyptian for the Macquarie University PASS/PAL and recently joined the MALS tutoring team for the 2017 Summer Week. Ask Helen about her research on the political history and the ideology of kingship in Thirteenth Dynasty (c. 1800–1600 BCE) royal inscriptions from Egypt. Helen is particularly interested in how royal legitimacy and authority is expressed in these texts during the final years of the Middle Kingdom.

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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).

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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. Ask Anne about the book she is currently working on. It is designed to help Ancient History students prepare for the HSC and is due to be published next year. 

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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. Paul is an expert Greek teacher but you can also ask him about Sanskrit, which he has periodically taught at MALS and regularly teaches to his secondary school students.

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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).

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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’s research for her doctoral thesis explores the language, narrative, and context of (auto)biographies in 18th Dynasty Egypt (c. 1539–1292 BCE). Ask Ellen about her research project with Yann Tristant (Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University) entitled “Death is only the beginning: Funerary beliefs at Macquarie's Museum of Ancient Cultures”.

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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).

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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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Byron Waldron

Byron Waldron is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney. Byron has taught Greek and Latin for MALS, the Sydney Latin Summer School, Macquarie University and the University of Sydney in recent years. Ask Byron about his research on Roman emperorship during the Tetrarchic Period (early 4th century CE). He is investigating the creation of the Tetrarchy itself (a college of four emperors), the practice of abdication, and Tetrarchic conceptions of succession and dynasty.

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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).