Joseph Howley

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies

Columbia University

Joseph Howley joined the Columbia Classics Department in 2011. He holds a PhD in Latin (2011) and an M. Litt in Ancient History (2007) from the University of St Andrews, in Scotland, and a B.A. in Ancient Studies (2006) from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He was a 2014-2016 Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, VA, and for 2016-2017 serves as Secretary of the Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at RBS.


Joseph's primary interests are the intellectual culture of the Roman Empire and in the histories of media and the book.  His first book, /Aulus Gellius and Roman Reading Culture: Text, Presence and Imperial Knowledge in the 'Noctes Atticae'/ is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, and considers the work of Antonine miscellanist Aulus Gellius in the ancient history of reading and learning.  His new project concerns the book and material text in the Roman cultural imaginary and the post-classical materiality of the Classical text; questions under consideration include the burning of books in Ancient Rome, the descent of ancient tables of contents in the incunabular period, and the twentieth-century audio recording of Greek and Latin.  He has taught widely in Roman prose and the European and global histories of the book.

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