Act of the Scribe: Interfaces between scribal work and language use

Date: April 6–8, 2017 (+ excursion on Sunday, April 9)
Venue: The Finnish Institute at Athens (Zitrou 16, GR-117 42 Athens)

The project Act of the Scribe (Academy of Finland) organises a workshop for scholars discussing various aspects of scribal work and how these relate to language use and language change in Graeco-Roman Antiquity. Currently, we see a growing interest on scribal practices and their role in language change, and an on-going tradition of (socio)linguistic studies has been established in the field of Classical languages. However, some fields of study are still under-represented and hinder the ability to form a comprehensive general picture of the linguistic situation at hand; for example, studying the multilingual situation in especially Egypt from the Ptolemaic to the Byzantine times continues to be challenging due to a gap between the disciplines of Greek and Latin on the one hand, and Demotic and Coptic research on the other. One of the aims of this workshop is to promote dialogue between the various written languages in Antiquity to be able to enhance the picture of ancient scribal practices. The general focus of the workshop lies in studying the interface between scribal work, including its technical properties, and language use.

Programme and abstracts

Practical information

Workshop Map

The workshop is open also to other participants in addition to the speakers. Other participants are kindly invited to register by e-mail (see the address below) by the end of March at the latest.

Organizing committee:
Martti Leiwo – Sonja Dahlgren – Hilla Halla-aho – Marja Vierros

Direct workshop e-mail: actofscribe-athens2017 ((at))