Ancient Readers and Ancient Books: Reading Vergil in Antiquity

VaticanVirgil_website_sfwThursday, October 20 | Griffin Hall, Room 7

Raymond Starr, Theodora Stone Sutton Professor of Classics at Wellesley College will discuss reading in Ancient Rome.

Ancient Roman readers were affected by the physical form of their literature—in individually hand-copied scrolls, entirely in capital letters without word division or systematic punctuation—but also by widely shared cultural assumptions about how to read literature (and why reading the Aeneid would be a wise career move).