THE LITERATURES OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

  • 28 Aug
    2019

    Criticism and Theory

    Phiroze Vasunia

THE LITERATURES OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

Image: Panel of Jeremiah or Ezra, holding/reading a scroll, in the synagogue at Dura Europos

When classical scholars talk about Roman literature, they typically mean literature in Latin or Greek. Many other languages also thrived in the Roman Empire including Aramaic, Demotic, and Hebrew. How should we study these literatures? What kind of frame for multilingual literary study is provided by the Roman Empire? This paper sketches out a preliminary response to these questions by looking at a couple of “Roman” authors (e.g. Longinus, Apuleius) and suggests that we enrich our understanding of Roman literature by reading it in the context of linguistic diversity.

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August 28, 2019

Timing: 6:30 pm

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Phiroze Vasunia

Phiroze Vasunia

Phiroze Vasunia is Professor of Greek at University College London. His books include The Gift of the Nile: Hellenizing Egypt from Aeschylus to Alexander (2001) and The Classics and Colonial India (2013).