Laocoon - Detailed
Faculty and Staff

Introduction

The current academic faculty of the Department of Classical Languages comprises of six members in the permanent faculty, one member in the contract faculty, and a few in the temporary faculty.



Current Faculty



Permanent Faculty

Dr. Rohana Seneviratne

Dr. Rohana Seneviratne
BA Hons. (Peradeniya), MPhil (Liverpool), DPhil (Oxford)
Head of the Department & Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit
Indic Semantics | Philosophy of Grammar |
Vedic & Classical Sanskrit Grammar | Sanskrit Composition

Dr. Chandima Wickramasinghe

Dr. Chandima Wickramasinghe
BA Hons. (Peradeniya), PhD (Nottingham)
Senior Lecturer in Greek and Roman Studies
Ancient Slavery | Ancient Greek Social History |
Euripidean Dramas | Ancient Greek Vase Paintings

Dr. Varunadatta Edirisinghe

Dr. Varunadatta Edirisinghe
BA Hons. (Peradeniya), MA, PhD (Indiana)
Senior Lecturer in Greek and Roman Studies
Greek Tragedy | Lucretius |
Hellenistic Literature

Dr. Sanath Wijesundara

Dr. Sanath Wijesundara
BA Hons. (Peradeniya), BA Hons., MA, PhD (Pune)
Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit
Modern Sanskrit Literature & Spoken Sanskrit |
Advaita Vedanta Philosophy | Literary Criticism

Ruwantha Kulatunga

Ruwantha Kulatunga
BA Hons. (Peradeniya), MPhil (Cork), PhD Cand. (Thessaloniki)
Lecturer in Greek and Roman Studies
Ancient History | Self-perception & Presentation |
Reception & Comparative Studies

Rev. Jambugahapitiye Dhammaloka

Rev. Jambugahapitiye Dhammaloka
BA Hons. (Peradeniya), MPhil (Peradeniya), PhD Cand. (Canterbury)
Lecturer (Probationary) in Sanskrit
Scientific (Śilpa) Literature in Sanskrit |
Theories of Aesthetics

Muditha Dharmasiri

Muditha Dharmasiri
BA Hons. (Peradeniya), MA (Washington)
Lecturer (Probationary) in Greek and Roman Studies
Greek and Roman theatre | Mime actresses in Latin epitaphs
Greek philosophy (from the Pre-Socratics to Aristotle)

Contract Faculty

Rev. Dr. Nepalaye Sankichcha

Rev. Dr. Nepalaye Sankichcha
BA Hons. (Peradeniya), PhD (Peradeniya)
Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit
Buddhist Sanskrit Language & Literature |
Sukhāvatī Sūtra Literature | Vedic Literature

Temporary Faculty

Rev. Ambaliyadde Upananda

Rev. Ambaliyadde Upananda
BA Hons. (Peradeniya), MPhil Cand. (Peradeniya)
Lecturer in Sanskrit
Literary Criticism | Ayurveda |
Sanskrit Grammar

Rev. Mahaesseddume Seelananda

Rev. Mahaesseddume Seelananda
BA Hons. (Peradeniya), MPhil Cand. (Peradeniya)
Lecturer in Sanskrit
Sanskrit Drama | Vedic literature |
Sanskrit poetics | Prakrit grammar

Rev. Mawela Seelarathana

Rev. Mawela Seelarathana
BA Hons. (Peradeniya), MPhil Cand. (Peradeniya)
Lecturer in Sanskrit
Creative Writing in Sanskrit | Sanskrit Grammar |
Sanskrit poetical Literature

Rev. Wilgamuwe Sumanasiri

Rev. Wilgamuwe Sumanasiri
BA Hons. (Peradeniya), MPhil Cand. (Peradeniya)
Lecturer in Sanskrit
Sanskrit Epic and Narrative Literature |
Comparative Literature and Comparative Mythology

Anushka Dhanapala

Anushka Dhanapala
BA Hons. (Peradeniya)
Lecturer in Greek and Roman Studies
Latin Poetry |
Horace | Hellenistic Philosophy




Retired Faculty



 

Dr. Rev. Waragoda Pemaratana

Dr. Rev. Waragoda Pemaratana
BA Hons. (Ceylon), PhD (Ceylon)
Sometime Professor of Sanskrit
Vedic & Classical Sanskrit Grammar
 Vedic Literature | Mahayana Buddhism



Emeriti Faculty



 

Prof. Ms. Ratna Handurukande

Prof. Ratna Handurukande
BA Hons. (Ceylon), MA, PhD (Cantab)
Emerita Professor in Sanskrit
Buddhist Literature in Hybrid Sanskrit
Manicūḍa Studies, Sanskrit Avadana Literature

Prof. Merlin Peris

Prof. Merlin Peris
BA Hons. (Ceylon), BA Hons., MA, PhD (London)
Emeritus Professor in Western Classics
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Greek Mythology, Greek Comedy, Elephants

Prof. Jayadeva Thilakasiri

Prof. Jayadeva Thilakasiri
BA Hons. (Ceylon), PhD (London)
Emeritus Professor in Sanskrit
Sanskrit Drama & Literary Criticism
Puppetry, Scientific Literature in Sanskrit



Staff



 

Gaurika Kahawala

Gaurika Kahawala
BSc. Hons. (SLIIT), PG Diploma (Peradeniya)
Computer Application Assistant (Grade III)
wathsalakahawala@yahoo.com
+94 81 239 2525

MGR Munasinghe

MGR Munasinghe
Labourer (Grade III)
+94 81 239 2525



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