March 1, 2016 at 9:45 pm

Knowing the Future | Punk Rock, Bicycles, and Ancient Documents, March 10

Dr. Joshua Sosin

Dr. Joshua Sosin

The Knowing the Future theme presents Dr. Josh Sosin on “Punk Rock, Bicycles, and Ancient Documents” on Thursday, March 10.

Knowing the Future themeHear him over coffee from 10:30 to11:30 a.m. in Gordy 110.

Sosin is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Duke University.

About Josh Sosin

“My current scholarship bulks in two main areas. The first is what you might call Digital Classics. Under a joint appointment in the Duke University Libraries, I direct the Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing (DC3). We specialize in the creation of tools and services that serve critical infrastructure needs for Classics and beyond. We maintain We are working on a variety of projects to do with crowd-curation of papyrological and epigraphic texts (text, translation, metadata, commentary, bibliography, and images), geo-spatial data, prosopographical information, medieval manuscript witnesses and apparatus criticus data, image recognition and text-image alignment, and more,” according to his webpage.

“The other, more ‘traditional’ half of my scholarship lies at what I like to call the intersection of law, economics, and religion. Under that broad rubric I have written on currency standards and exchange, ancient charitable foundations, funding of eponymous festivals, grain supply, land leasing, taxation and tax shelter, diplomacy, and other subjects. I have long tended to pursue these subjects with a special focus on their representation in documentary sources (inscriptions, papyri, and coins). But lately, I’ve grown increasingly interested in Athenian law and so not only to the orators but also to the lexicographic, encyclopedic, and scholiastic traditions that preserve such a wealth of information on the subject. I have been especially drawn to what the law has to say about personal status (citizens, slaves, freedmen, metics, aliens).”

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