Classics and Ancient History seminar series
Associate Professor Trevor Evans | Macquarie University
‘How many Greek authors does it take to “make a letter” Greek?’
Welcome to the Classics and Ancient History Online Research Seminars for Semester 1, 2020.
The expression ‘make a letter’ (ποιῶ ἐπιστολήν) turns up in a Greek papyrus from Egypt of the third century BCE. How Greek does it look to you? In classical and post-classical Greek it seems to be quite isolated and a little exploration suggests it is an example of bilingual interference from Demotic Egyptian. Then two other examples appear in highly educated writers of much later times. And then the expression disappears and is even removed from a relevant copying tradition. What is the explanation? Is it really Greek or not? This presentation investigates the possibilities.
We are very grateful to our presenters for contributing to the program. Each paper or presentation will be between 20 and 30 minutes in length, and will be followed by an informal question and answer/discussion session. Supporting materials for each presentation will be circulated prior to the event.
The Department of Classics and Ancient History hosts a lively departmental research seminar series. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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21 May 2020, 4:00-5:00pm
Seminar Series convenors:
Louise Pryke and Emma Barlow
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The Department of Classics and Ancient History is part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI).