Public Lecture: Writing the Old-Fashioned Way
Professor Michael Sampson from the U of M’s classics department and his colleague Matt Gibbs, from the University of Winnipeg, are partnering to give a free public seminar at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Before there were computers, indelible markers and lined paper for the masses, there were reed-pens, sheets of papyrus, and relatively few who were versed in their use. In this seminar, led by two papyrologists from the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, we’ll learn about ancient writing technology and how hundreds of thousands of texts on papyri have survived to modern times. The seminar will also include a hands-on portion, in which participants will play the role of scribe and experience what it was like to write on sheets of papyrus.
What: Free lecture on the mechanics of ancient writing
Where: Winnipeg Art Gallery
When: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2-4 p.m.