Pulp Fiction: The Ancient Greeks and their reading

Wed 11 Feb 2015, 18:00 - 19:30

The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

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.


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


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