Book History Colloquium at Columbia
Joseph Howley, Assistant Professor of Classics, Columbia University
"How to Read Books Doing Things in Imperial Rome"
Between the Alexandrian aesthetics of the poetic book roll and the modern values of the industrially printed codex lies the world of the Roman book. This talk examines some uses of the material text in Roman prose authors such as Seneca the Elder, Suetonius, and Aulus Gellius, including its use as a weapon, its subjection to destruction, and its relationship to speech and thought, to explore how Romans imagined the book as a technology and force in their world. For more on the Book History Colloquium at Columbia, see: http://library.columbia.edu/locations/rbml/exhibitions/2013-2014.html