When the Roman Empire collapsed in the early fifth century under uncontrollable external pressure there was a very real possibility that the Classical literary tradition would also come to an abrupt end.

Held over four consecutive weeks, this series of object-based seminars and lectures focused on the sometimes miraculous survivals of the works of the major Roman authors, their preservation in the early Middle Ages, their rediscovery by the great 'manuscript hunters' of the Renaissance, and their proliferation and dissemination in the Age of Print. It concluded with a demonstration of how digital technology is today being used to refashion our understanding of the nature of a text and the concept of the book now and into the future.

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