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Pulp Fiction: The Ancient Greeks and their reading

Events • Archaeology • Panel Discussion

Discovered in the late nineteenth century, the rubbish tips of Oxyrhynchus and the papyri they contain offer us a time-capsule of ancient casual reading. Uncovering just what the Greeks were reading beyond the classics which we know of today - from romance novels to cook books - this panel discussion provided a rare insight into the everyday concerns and literary tastes of the ancient Greeks.

This event drew on research from the Oxyrhynchus Papyri project, sponsored by the British Academy.

Speakers:

Professor Peter Parsons FBA, University of Oxford
Professor Edith Hall, King's College London
Professor Ian Rutherford, University of Reading

Chaired by Professor Alan Bowman FBA, University of Oxford