ZOOM SEMINAR: Orthographic Conservatism and Education in the Roman Empire

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Via Zoom
  • Lecturer: Nicholas Zair, Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, SCAS. Lecturer in Classics (Classical Linguistics and Comparative Philology),University of Cambridge
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Klas Holm
  • Seminarium

Nicholas Zair, SCAS and University of Cambridge, gives a talk on orthographic conservatism and education in the Roman Empire.

Roman writers on education provide very little information on members of society below the elite; our evidence for these readers and writers is consequently indirect. A previously ignored way of looking at sub-elite education is through the use and prevalence of non-intuitive features of orthography such as old-fashioned spellings (which no longer reflect how Latin was spoken) and other conventions. In this seminar I will discuss what this approach can tell us about how people learned to write in the Roman empire

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

For more information and the Zoom link, please see the enclosed PDF file or http://www.swedishcollegium.se/subfolders/Events.html.

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