Workshop: Misreading The Literature of Late Antiquity: Palatine Anthology and the politics of criticism with Simon Goldhill

Friday, October 18, 10:40-11:40AM –Dauer 219  (Ruth McQuown Room)

The Palatine Anthology is a collection of Greek poems (epigrams) that were discovered in the early 17th century. The material included in the manuscripts are narratives originating from between 7th BCE to late antiquity.  The manuscripts are currently housed at the Library of the University of Heidelberg (click here to review the digital archive). This workshop is about why and how the Palatine Anthology is not read as an anthology but is instead cut up and redistributed — to the extent that the Teubner  (Bibliotheca Scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana) does not even print book 8, and the standard work on it (Cameron) does not mention four of the fifteen books.

Simon David GoldhillFBA is Professor in Greek Literature and Culture and fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at King’s College, Cambridge. He was previously Director of Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge. In 2009 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010 he was appointed as the John Harvard Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences at Cambridge, a research position held concurrently with his chair in Greek. In 2016 he became a fellow of the British Academy. He is a member of the Council of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, and is President of the European Institutes for Advanced Study (NetIAS). Goldhill is a well-known lecturer and broadcaster, who has appeared on television and radio in England, Australia, USA and Canada. His books have been translated into ten languages, and he has been profiled by newspapers in Brazil, Australia and the Netherlands.

This event is organized by the Mellon Intersections Group on Imagineering and the Technosphere, the Center for Greek Studies and the Department of Classics.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: and Prof. Eleni Bozia (