New Books in the Arts & Sciences

Celebrating Recent Work by Joseph Howley

Monday, September 17, 2018  6:15pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Free and open to the public

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The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

Office of the Divisional Deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The Department of Classics

New Books in the Arts & Sciences:
Celebrating Recent Work by Joseph Howley

Aulus Gellius and Roman Reading Culture: Text, Presence, and Imperial Knowledge in the Noctes Atticae
By: Joseph Howley

Long a source for quotations, fragments, and factoids, the Noctes Atticae of Aulus Gellius offers hundreds of brief but vivid glimpses of Roman intellectual life. In this book Joseph Howley demonstrates how the work may be read as a literary text in its own right, and discusses the rich evidence it provides for the ancient history of reading, thought, and intellectual culture. He argues that Gellius is in close conversation with predecessors both Greek and Latin, such as Plutarch and Pliny the Elder, and also offers new ways of making sense of the text's 'miscellaneous' qualities, like its disorder and its table of contents. Dealing with topics ranging from the framing of literary quotations to the treatment of contemporary celebrities who appear in its pages, this book offers a new way to learn from the Noctes about the world of Roman reading and thought.


  • Author

    Joseph Howley

    Associate Professor of Classics

    Columbia University

  • Guest Speaker

    Gareth Williams

    Violin Family Professor of Classics

    Columbia University

  • Guest Speaker

    David Lurie

    Associate Professor of Japanese History and Literature

    Columbia University

  • Guest Speaker

    Joy Connolly

    Provost and Senior Vice President, Classics

    The Graduate Center, CUNY


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