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Celebrating Recent Work by Joseph Howley

New Books in the Arts and Sciences

dateSeptember 17, 2018 timeMonday, 6:15pm EDT location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
Cosponsors
  • Office of the Divisional Deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • The Department of Classics
Notes
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated
Cover of Aulus Gellius and Roman Reading Culture by Joseph A. Howley

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New Books in the Arts & Sciences:
Celebrating Recent Work by Joseph Howley

Aulus Gellius and Roman Reading Culture: Text, Presence, and Imperial Knowledge in the Noctes Atticae
By: Joseph Howley

Long a source for quotations, fragments, and factoids, the Noctes Atticae of Aulus Gellius offers hundreds of brief but vivid glimpses of Roman intellectual life. In this book Joseph Howley demonstrates how the work may be read as a literary text in its own right, and discusses the rich evidence it provides for the ancient history of reading, thought, and intellectual culture. He argues that Gellius is in close conversation with predecessors both Greek and Latin, such as Plutarch and Pliny the Elder, and also offers new ways of making sense of the text's 'miscellaneous' qualities, like its disorder and its table of contents. Dealing with topics ranging from the framing of literary quotations to the treatment of contemporary celebrities who appear in its pages, this book offers a new way to learn from the Noctes about the world of Roman reading and thought.

Participants
  • Author Joseph Howley Associate Professor of Classics Columbia University
  • Guest Speaker Gareth Williams Violin Family Professor of Classics Columbia University
  • Guest Speaker David Lurie Associate Professor of Japanese History and Literature Columbia University
  • Guest Speaker Joy Connolly Provost and Senior Vice President, Classics The Graduate Center, CUNY