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TALK: The Style is the Empire: Caesar’s Writing Reevaluated

October 4, 2013 from 3:00 PM - 5:00PM

Christopher B. Krebs (Classics, Stanford)

Caesar's style has been admired for its stringency and simplicity–and to the detriment of a fuller appreciation of its complexities. His classic texts are worth a second glance. They reveal not only far greater debts to the administrative language of the Roman Empire than previously assumed (hence the title) but also a good number of extremely rare words, including hapax legomena, which may allow for a look into the smithery of the Latin Language of the 1st century BCE. Was Caesar himself a wordsmith?

Krebs is Associate Professor of Classics at Stanford University and author of A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich(2011) as well as numerous articles.
 

 

Event Details

  • Organizer/Sponsor: Sponsored by the Dept. of Classics, the Dept. of History, the Dept. of Linguistics, and the IHC.
  • Starts: October 4, 2013 3:00 PM - 5:00PM
  • Location: HSSB 4080
  • Website: http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/our-campus-our-community/
  • Sponsors: Sponsored by the Dept. of Classics, the Dept. of History, the Dept. of Linguistics, and the IHC.