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Ancient Studies Week with Joseph Howley

Part of our Fall 2023 Humanities Forum


Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn : Gallery

Date & Time

October 19, 2023, 4:00 pm5:00 pm


The Department of Ancient Studies presents:

Thinking Tools, Artificial Intelligence, and the Enslaved Readers of Ancient Rome

Joseph Howley, Associate Professor, Classics, Columbia University

The literary culture of ancient Rome depended on the labor of enslaved workers who read, wrote, took dictation, copied new books, and repaired old ones. This talk will examine enslaved reading in Rome, situate that practice in histories of reading and of slavery, and look at how the questions this practice raises relate to the current moment of interest in generative AI.

Biography: Joseph Howley  is an Associate Professor in Classics at Columbia University, where he also serves as Paul Brooke Program Chair for Literature Humanities, a required first-year general education course in Columbia’s nationally renowned Core Curriculum. He has published on Roman intellectual culture, the history of books and reading, and early phonograph recordings of Greek and Latin. Howley graduated from UMBC in 2006 with a B.A. in Ancient Studies and he served as the editor of The Retriever Weekly in 2005-6.

Co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities

Photo provided by speaker.

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