Greek Vase Paintings
Dr. Chandima Wickramasinghe (WMWGCSM Wickramasinghe)
Office Address Department of Classical Languages
Faculty of Arts
University of Peradeniya
Peradeniya 20400
Sri Lanka
Email chandima_shiro@yahoo.com
Telephone 0094 81 239 2524
Personal Website ~

Educational & Professional Qualifications
PhD in Classics (Nottingham, UK) 2004
BA in Western Classics
(Peradeniya) 1998

Awards & Recognitions (selected)
  • STATE LITERARY AWARD FOR THE BEST DRAMA TRANSLATED TO SINHALA IN
    2010 for Euripides’ Alkestis ISBN: 978 955 30 1644 7.
  • Fulbright Advanced Research Award, Fulbright research Fellow of University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (from November 2009 to May 2010)
  • INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF HISTORY OF SLAVERY SCHOLARSHIP from 2001-2003.
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICE SCHOLARSHIP, UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM 2001-2003.
  • EDUCATION MINISTRY GREECE SCHOLARSHIP to attend the summer school to
    learn Modern Greek language in the University of Ionnina, Greece (2000).
  • EDUCATION MINISTRY GREECE SCHOLARSHIP to attend the summer school to
    learn Modern Greek language in the University of Aegeium, Rhodes, Greece (1999).
  • UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP for the best performance in the final year examination
    (1998).
  • MERVIN KULATILAKA PRIZE for the best performance in the first year undergraduate examination (1994/5).
  • Dr. GEORGE H. WICKRAMANAYAKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for best performance in Classics in the first year undergraduate examination (1994/5).
  • UNIVERSITY RESEARCH GRANTS 2007, 2009, 2010.

  • Positions Held (selected)
  • Senior Lecturer in Greek and Roman Studies, Dept. of Classical Languages, University of Peradeniya from 2009 July up to date.
  • Temporary Lecturer in Greek and Roman Studies, Dept. of Classical Languages, University of Peradeniya 1998 August -2000 Sept.
  • English Instructor of the English Language Teaching Unit, University of Peradeniya 1998 February – 1998 Sept.
  • French Teacher, Alliance Francaise, Kandy 1995-2000 Sept.
  • French & Italian Interpreter, Premadasa and Co. (Jewellers) Ltd. Mulgampola. From 1992 December-1994 December.
  • Seminar Tutor of the Dept. of Classics, University of Nottingham, UK in Spring Semester, 2000/2001, 2001/2002
  • Lecturer Transitional grade in Greek and Roman Studies, Dept. of Classical Languages, University of Peradeniya, from 2004 July to 2009 July.
  • A Member of the Faculty Higher Degree Committee from 2006-2008.
  • A Member of the Departmental Higher Degree Committee from 2006 to date (2009).
  • THE PERSON-IN-CHARGE of IRQUE project - Special Needs Students section in 2006 to the end.
  • THE SECRETARY of the Society for the Integration of Science and Human Values (SISHVa), attached to the Dept. of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Peradeniya from 2005 to date.
  • SENIOR STUDENT COUNSELLOR of the Faculty of Arts in 2005.
  • CO-CONTROLLER of Greek and Roman Civilization and Greek examination papers for the Advanced Level Examination from 2007 to 2009.

  • Workshops Attended (selected)
  • Two day workshop on 'PRESENTATION SKILLS FOR POSTGRADUATES IN THE HUMANITIES' conducted by the Graduate school, University of Nottingham, UK in 2000/2001.
  • Full day workshop on 'PLANNING RESEARCH AND TIME MANAGEMENT' conducted by the Graduate school, University of Nottingham, UK in 2000/2001.
  • Two day workshop on 'USING WORD FOR LONG DOCUMENTS' conducted by the Graduate school, University of Nottingham, UK in 2000/2001.
  • Half day workshop on 'BUILDING A BIBLIOGRAPHY' conducted by the Graduate school,
    University of Nottingham, UK in 2000/ 2001.
  • Full day workshop on 'PROBLEM EXPLORATION IN RESEARCH' conducted by the Graduate school, University of Nottingham, UK in 2001/2002.
  • Full day workshop on 'TEACHING AND LEARNING IN TUTORIALS AND SEMINARS' conducted by the Graduate school, University of Nottingham, UK in 2000/2001.
  • Half day workshop on 'GETTING GOING YOUR THESIS AND GETTING YOUR WORK
    PUBLISHED' conducted by the Graduate school, University of Nottingham, UK in 2001/2002.
  • Half day workshop on 'FINISHING YOUR THESIS AND PREPARING FOR THE VIVA' conducted by the Graduate school, University of Nottingham, UK in 2001/2002.
  • Full day workshop on 'WRITING SUCCESSFUL FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION' conducted by the Graduate school, University of Nottingham, UK in 2001/2002.
  • Half day workshop on 'INTRODUCTION TO IMAGE AND PHOTO EDITING' conducted by the Graduate school, University of Nottingham, UK in 2001/2002.
  • Half day workshop on 'INTRODUCTION TO CREATING AND PUBLISHING WEBPAGES'
    conducted by the Graduate school, University of Nottingham, UK in 2001/2002.
  • Half day workshop on 'CV WRITING AND INTERVIEW SKILLS' conducted by the Graduate school, University of Nottingham, UK in 2002/2003.
  • Half day workshop on 'GETTING A JOB OUT SIDE THE UK' conducted by the Graduate school, University of Nottingham, UK in 2001/2002.

  • Research Interests
    Ancient Slavery, Greek and Roman social and cultural history, Greek art history, Greek philosophy, Greek literature, comparative history

    Research  Publications (selected)
    Books
  • 2013 - "ගී‍්‍රක ආකයික මැටි බඳුන් සහ බඳුන් සිතුවම්: විස්තරාත්මක අධ්‍යයනයක් " [Ancient Greek archaic vase and vase paintings, a detailed study with 255 illustrations"], 296 pages, Godage Brothers (pvt) ltd, Colombo, ISBN: 978 955 30 3966 8.
  • 2005 - Slavery from Known to Unknown: a comparative study on slavery in ancient Greek poleis and ancient Sri Lanka, BAR international series no. 1465, Oxford.
  • Translations
  • 2009 - "හැඳින්වීම සහ විවරණය සහිතව මුල් ගී‍්‍රක බසින් සිංහලට පරිවර්තිත යුරිපිඩීස්ගේ ඇල්කීස්ටිස් " (tr. Euripides' Alkestis, translated to English from ancient Greek, with introduction and commentary), Godage publishers (pvt) Ltd: Colombo. ISBN : 978 955 30 1644 7.
  • Edited Works
  • 2008 - Philologos: Essays presented in felicitation of Merlin Peris, Emeritus Professor of Western Classics University of Peradeniya, Godage publishers (pvt) Ltd: Colombo. ISBN: 955 20 9910 2.
  • Book Chapters
  • 2016 - "Periplus of the Erythraean Sea: a revisit to its aim and purpose based on the ethnographical and anthropological detail in the text". For the Piyaseeli Wijemanne Felicitation volume. Submitted to the editor in Dec. 2014.
  • 2016 - "A study of the temple work force in two slab inscriptions of Mahinda IV", in Essays on history, archaeology and foreign relations: festschrift for Prof. Pathmanadan, ed. by M. Somatilaka and N. A. Wimalasena, Colombo, 303-334.
  • 2015 - "The significance of children, Pheres, and Herakles in Euripides' Alcestis" Sahithya Special issue, (English Medium) edd. by H. Rambukwella and C. Amarasekara 2015: 31-47.
  • 2013 - "A Comparative Study on Mindfulness and Moral weakness in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and in Buddhist teachings". Great Compassion: Ven. Bootawatte Sri Saranankara Felicitation volume edds Ven. Udawatte Wimalabuddhi and Ven. Galle Dhamminda: 124-150.
  • Articles in refereed journals
  • 2015 - "The significance of the account of friendship (philia) in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics.' Submitted to the editor the Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities in December 2015.
  • 2015 - "බෞද්ධ ඉගැන්වීම්වල එන මිත්තතා සහ ඇරිස්ටොටල්ගේ නිකොමැකියානු
    ආචාරධර්මහි එන ෆීලියා පිළිබඳ තුලනාත්මක අධ්‍යයනයක්
    " (tr. Mittata in Buddhist teachings and philia in Aristotle's Nicomachean ethics: a comparative study). submitted to the editor of සම්භාවනා April 2015.
  • 2014 - "The key to a successful life: a comparative study on morality in Aristotelian ethics and that in Buddhist discourses". Sri Lanka International Journal of Buddhist Studies, vol. 3: 73-84. see http://www.sibacampus.com/demo/Journal/Publication3.pdf
  • 2013 - "Marriage, the First Born Child and its significance on the status of women in Classical Athens". Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities. vol. 39 (1&2): 65-80.
  • 2012 - "Athenian marital life: a union of affection or of duty?"  Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities. vol. 38 .1, 2012, 53-78.     
  • 2012 - “සම්භාව්‍ය ඇතීනියානු කාන්තාව සහ ඇගේ සරු බව පිළිබඳව විමර්ශනාත්මක අධ්‍යයනයක්” (tr. An analytical study on Classical Athenian woman and her fertility) සම්භාවනා (July-Dec) vol. 6. 2: 21-51..
  • 2012 - "Visual Representations of the Trojan War in Attic Clay Vases" Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities. vol. 37 (1&2): 55-68.
  • 2011 - "ඇරිස්ටොටලියානු ආචාරධර්ම සහ බෞද්ධ ආචාරධර්ම: තුලනාත්මක අධ්‍යයනයක්" (tr. Aristotelian ethics and Buddhist ethics: a comparative study) සම්භාවනා (July-Dec) vol.5.2: 87-105.
  • 2011 - "ප‍්‍රසන්න, එහෙත් වේදනාකාරී වූ ත්‍යාගයක්: යුරිපිඞීස්ගේ ඇල්කීස්ටිස් හි ඇපොලෝගෙන් ඇඞ්මීටස්ට ලැබුනු ත්‍යාගය පිළිබ අධ්‍යයනයක්". (tr. A pleasant but a painful gift: a study on Apollos' gift to Admetos in Euripides' Alkestis) සම්භාවනා (Jan-June) vol.5.1: 125-137.
  • 2010 - “The abolition of Colonial and pre-colonial 'slavery' from Ceylon (Sri Lanka)” Journal of Cultural and Social History, the Journal of the social history society, Liverpool, UK, vol. 7.3: 315-335.
  • 2009 - "The death of Alkestis in Euripides' Alkestis" The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities, vol. 35. 1&2: 45-53.
  • Abstracts in Conference Proceedings
  • "FEMALE SLAVES IN ANCIENT SRI LANKA: TREATMENTS AND PUNISHMENTS" ISOS
    (Institute for the Study of Slavery) conference 12-14 Sept.2002 University of Nottingham,
    UK.
  • "REDEMPTION OF SLAVES IN ANCIENT SRI LANKA AND GREECE: A COMPARISON"
    At the annual ICHOS (International Centre for the History of Slavery) conference- 'Freed
    slaves: integration and exclusion' 10-12 Sept. 2001- University of Nottingham, UK.
  • The Revised version of "THE CONDITION OF SLAVES IN ANCIENT GREECE AND SRI
    LANKA" in the Conference Booklet of the Centenary conference and General Meeting of the
    Classical Association 11-14 April 2003 - University of Warwick, UK.
  • "TEMPLE SLAVERY IN ANCIENT GREECE COMPARED WITH THAT OF AN EASTERN
    COMMUNITY: ANCIENT SRI LANKA" at the Annual conference of the Classical Association
    April 2002 - University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • "REPRESENTATION OF HOMERIC MYTHS IN ATTIC BLACK AND RED FIGURE VASE
    PAINTINGS"' Proceedings of the Peradeniya University Research Sessions,18 Dec. 2008.
  • "THE NATURE OF APOLLO'S GIFT TO ADMETOS IN EURIPIDES' ALKESTIS"
    Proceedings of the Faculty of Arts Postgraduate research Symposium, University of
    Peradeniya, March 1, 2008.
  • "EURIPIDES' ALKESTIS 'A DRAMA OF A DEVOTED WIFE?' " Proceedings of the
    Peradeniya University Research Sessions, 30. Nov. 2007.
  • Research Papers Presented at International Conferences
  • “MINDFULNESS IN ARISTOTLE’S NICHOMACHEAN ETHICS AND IN BUDDHIST TEACHINGS” paper presented at the fourth Annual conference of the Royal Asiatic Society Colombo Branch, held at Mahaweli Centre Colombo, March 25-26, 2011.
  • “CONFIGURATING FAMILY IN ANCIENT ATHENS: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FIRST BORN” at Pillingar Lecture series held by the Dept. of Ancient History, University of Wisconsin- Madison, USA, April 29. 2010. During my stay as a Fulbright Research Scholar of the University of Wisconsin- Madison from November 2009- May 2010.
  • “ARISTOTLIAN ETHICS AND BUDDHIST ETHICS” paper presented at the 4th BI-Annual International Conference of Sri Lanka Association of Buddhist Studies held at Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy, Pallekele. December 10-12, 2010.
  • “SLAVERY IN ANCIENT SRI LANKA: THE IMPACT OF BUDDHISM AND CHRISTIANITY" at the Pruit Memorial Symposium at the University of Baylor, 30 Sept. – 2 Oct. 2004 Waco, Texas, USA.
  • "DEATH OF SLAVERY IN SRI LANKA" At the annual ISOS (Institute for the study of slavery) conference Sept. 2004 – University of Nottingham, UK.
  • "THE CONDITION OF SLAVES IN ANCIENT GREECE AND SRI LANKA" The Celtic conference in Classics – 4-7 Sept. 2002 University of Glasgow, UK.
  • "TEMPLE SLAVERY IN ANCIENT GREECE AND SRI LANKA: A COMPARISON" Postgraduate Historians day March 2002 - University of London (New College), UK.
  • "ANCIENT GREEK AND SRI LANKAN MANUMISSION RECORDS: ARE THEY IDENTICAL?" Post Graduate Seminar 30. Nov. 2001 –Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London, UK.
  • "ANCIENT GREEK AND SRI LANKAN MANUMISSION INSCRIPTIONS" Department of Classics Research Workshop 27. Nov. 2001 – University of Nottingham, UK.
  • "SRI LANKAN SLAVERY WITH A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE" Department of Classics Research Workshop 12. March. 2001 – University of Nottingham, UK.


  • Department of Classical Languages, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
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