Meeting 4, Trinity Term 2014

Meeting 4, Trinity Term 2014

“Gods and Writing in Ancient Greece”

Paola Ceccarelli
Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge
Wednesday 14 May, 2014, at 6.00 pm
The Memorial Room, The Queen’s College, Oxford

 

“Leaving to one side discussion of the arrival and diffusion, status and uses of writing in archaic Greece, I want to focus on representations of writing, and more specifically, of writing and the gods. My discussion is driven by a comparative agenda. A look at the Near Eastern tradition shows that the gods are portrayed as having played a central part in the invention of writing. My leading question will be to what extent it is possible to trace any connections between writing among men and the world of the gods in ancient Greece.”

Dr Paola Ceccarelli’s monograph study of Ancient Greek epistolography, Ancient Greek Letter Writing. A Cultural History (800 BC – 600 BC), was published by Oxford University Press in October 2013.