William A. Johnson Public Lecture
4:30 PM - Monday October 8
East Pyne Hall Room 010
Publishing without Publishers:
Books, Publication, and Community in Imperial Rome
William A. Johnson
Professor in Classical Studies, Duke University
This talk explores the idea of (1) "publishing" in imperial Rome with a brief look also at (2) digital "publishing" in contemporary America. The goal is to understand better how social systems shape themselves when there is no "publisher" to act as gatekeeper for the release and circulation of texts. Though not explicitly addressed, from these thoughts follow significant possible consequence for our views of textuality, authorship, and community among imperial and late ancient religious communities.