An international colloquium arranged by a scientific committee coming from the CNRS - Aix-Marseille University and dealing with the development of encyclopedism in Ancient Rome will be held at the Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l'homme in Aix-en-Provence (France) on the 25th and 26th of September.
Notice: thanks to the colloquium organization for featuring our photo of Biblioteca Angelica in Rome as a cover image for the colloquium.
The investigated topics
The colloquium is aimed at understanding the context in which huge written works arose together with the idea of encyclopedism and universality at the end of the Roman Republic and at the beginning of the Principate. In this period of Roman history, in fact, monumental written works of ecumenical scope about History and Geography were born, as proven by Diodorus Siculus’ Bibliotheca historica in 40 books, Titus Livius’ Ab Urbe Condita in 142 books or, some decades later, Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia in 37 books.
The topics that will be also considered concern the way the erudite people engaged in scientific exchanges and consulted books housed in libraries. Prefiguring the historian who consults sources to prepare a publication, other studies will investigate the practical implication of this kind of task belonging to the role of the author working at his writing space. A comparison among various working methods will highlight differences and similarities of the techniques adopted by the “encyclopedist”-historians in order to solve the difficulties entailed with the huge dimensions of their work.