[MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Workshop: September 24, 2012

Dimitri H. Gondicas gondicas at Princeton.EDU
Tue Sep 18 08:49:11 PDT 2012


Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies


The Value of an Ancient Book

and Why It Matters

W. Robert Connor

Classics and Hellenic Studies, Emeritus

Respondent: Anthony Grafton, History

It is widely recognized that producing a book before the invention of movable type was a slow and expensive process.  In Greek antiquity these problems were compounded by conventions such as the avoidance of word divisions and punctuation marks.  What are the implications of these considerations for today's reading and interpretation of such texts?


W. R. Connor taught in the Classics Department at Princeton, chaired the Humanities Council, and helped found Hellenic Studies before moving to North Carolina to take on the directorship of the National Humanities Center, and later the presidency of the New York based Teagle Foundation.   He is best known for his book Thucydides and for a wide range of articles on Classics and liberal education.

Monday, September 24, 2012

4:30 p.m.

Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

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