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Serafina Cuomo - "Numeracy in Ancient Greece and Rome: the story so far" at 5:15pm on March 6

Serafina Cuomo joins us for her talk entitled "Numeracy in Ancient Greece and Rome: the story so far" on Wednesday, March 6th at 5:15pm in Bldg. 110, Room 112 (main quad, Classics department) - free and open to the public with reception at 5:00pm.

Historians face a paradox when exploring numeracy in ancient Greece and Rome. Counting, calculating and measuring were everywhere, including establishing a majority in the Athenian democracy, distributing land to Roman veterans, and taking the census. And yet, these practices are rarely mentioned in modern textbooks, curricula or even classical scholarship; unlike literacy, ancient numeracy is practically invisible.

Serafina Cuomo is a Reader in Roman History at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has published books and articles on the history of mathematics and technology in Greece and Rome.