Over the last six months, scholars have recovered a host of unknown, damaged, or lost texts, that are changing the canon, among which Hipparchus’s star chart, a commentary by Apuleius on Plato’s Republic, Book 10, the lost ending to the Old Irish Bricriu’s Feast, and the provenance of the Sarajevo Haggadah. This lecture gives both the inside story on these discoveries, and a detailed overview of technologies of recovery for scholars and students interested in entering the field of textual science.
Founder of the discipline of textual science, and director of the Lazarus Project, Gregory Heyworth is a medievalist and codicologist by training and a scientist by avocation with degrees from Columbia (BA, English), Cambridge (BA, English), and Princeton (Ph.D., Comparative Literature). Author of Desiring Bodies: Ovidian Romance and the Cult of Form (2009), and editor of the 14th century Les Eschez D’Amours, whose second volume he has just finished, he has also recently been granted a patent for Multispectral Polarimetric Imaging for Noninvasive identification of Nerves and other Tissues.
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To expand on the ideas presented in this broader lecture, Professor Heyworth will also be giving a lecture on Thursday, April 20, 4:30-6:00 pm in 103 Scheide Caldwell.