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Counting the Books: the Legacy of Pack2

Thursday, October 1, 2015
4:00 AM
Classics Library, 2175 Angell Hall

The aggregated data from Roger Pack’s The Greek and Latin Literary Texts from Greco-Roman Egypt and its successors enable us to move beyond the isolated literary find and to view ancient books at a macro level.  I will examine a few populations of textual survivors, especially the Classical tragedians and early Alexandrian poets, for what they can contribute to our understanding of ancient reading patterns and canon formation.