Volumina Herculanensia: The Library of the Villa of the Papyri and its Books
Professor David Blank
University of California, Los Angeles
Thursday, February 14 at 5 p.m.
Humanities 1, room 210
Free parking for the lecture in Cowell-Stevenson parking lots
Coffee at 4:30 in Humanities 1, room 210
Reception following the talk in the Cowell Senior Commons
Between 1752 and 1754, the only library to survive from the Roman world complete with its books was discovered in a grand villa in the seaside town of Herculaneum. The talk will serve as an introduction to this remarkable discovery and the treatment of its books, from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
David Blank is a student of ancient philosophy, from the Presocratics to the later Platonists. He has worked especially on philosophy of language and philology in antiquity. He has also worked extensively on the Herculaneum Papyri and is editing several papyri of Philodemus' On Rhetoric.
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