Saturday 20th January 2018 – BAS Lecture: Roman Literacy

Saturday 20th January 2018 Lecture:

Roman Literacy
by Dr Hella Eckardt (Reading University)

Hella Eckardt teaches provincial Roman archaeology and material culture studies. Her research focuses on theoretical approaches to the material culture of the north-western provinces and she is particularly interested in the relationship between the consumption of Roman objects and the expression of social and cultural identities. Among the subjects she has published on is:
Writing power: the material culture of literacy as representation and practice

Writing equipment in the Roman world relates to a powerful skill closely associated with military and urban contexts. Recent work on metal inkwells from across the Roman Empire, often from burial assemblages, allows an insight into how these objects were used and displayed. We will explore the association of inkwells not just with elite males but also with women and children and it may be possible to identify professional scribes. The paper will discuss the cultural significance of writing equipment and explore how detailed artefact research can provide insights into ancient practice.

Image: Wood writing tablet with a party invitation written in ink, in two hands, from Claudia Severa to Lepidina. Found at Vindolanda – now at the British Museum (Copyright Wikipedia Commons)

2.00 pm for 2.30 pm at the RISC Centre, London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

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