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A Roman magpie

Nox Philologiae  

Gellius’s only work, the twenty-volume Noctes Atticae, is an exploding, sometimes seemingly random text-cum-diary in which Gellius jotted down everything of interest he heard in conversation or read in contemporary books….Gunderson tackles Gellius with exuberance, placing him in the larger culture of antiquarian literature. Purposely echoing Gellius’s own swooping word-play and digressions, he explores the techniques by which knowledge was produced and consumed in Gellius’s day, as well as in our own time. The resulting book is as much pure creative fun as it is a major work of scholarship informed by the theories of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Derrida.

One can only imagine what Gellius would have made of Twitter, Tumblr, and the rest. What’s the Latin for “I’m so reblogging this” ?

Nox Philologiae – Aulus Gellius and the Fantasy of the Roman Library, by Erik Gunderson

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Written by Dave Lovely

February 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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