Text and Object

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Cornell is a thriving center for intermedial approaches to antiquity, especially the study of relations between texts and objects. Our faculty have published widely on the concept of “ekphrasis” in ancient literature (whether in scientific treatises, poetry or art history), as well as the relationship between image and text more broadly. Many of us have a special interest in the relationship between literary texts and inscriptions – from inventories and civic documents to epigrams and songs. Together, we cross boundaries between the fields of philology, epigraphy, art history and the history of science, with graduate courses often addressing relevant topics from multiple disciplinary angles.