Open House | Technolarynges and the Production of artificial voice in Antiquity, with Maria Gerolemou

We were excited to welcome Maria Gerolemou for an Open House entitled “Technolarynges and the Production of artificial voice in Antiquity.” The event took place on Friday, November 18 at 11:00 a.m. EST and was recorded.

To get ready for the event, you might like to view the pdf file which includes the following passages:

  • Aristotle, On the Soul 420b 5-31
  • Hero Pneumatics 1.15, 2.32
  • Lucian in his Alexander, The False Prophet 12 and 26
  • Plutarch, The Obsolescence of Oracles 432d-f, 433a
  • Callistratus Descriptions 9 (on the statue of Memnon)

Technolarynges passages (PDF)

You can watch the video below or on our YouTube channel. Please note the introduction is missing from the recording.

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Maria Gerolemou

Maria Gerolemou is currently a fellow for Hellenic studies, at the Centre for Hellenic Studies. She has published widely on a) ancient Greek drama, specifically on Gender and Madness b) on Wunderkultur and c) on ancient science and technology. Her first monograph, Bad Women, Mad Women: Gender und Wahnsinn in der Griechischen Tragödie (Classica Monacensia, 2011), investigates female deviant behavior in Greek tragedy and seeks to define the influence of social and ideological discourses on the presentation of normative female behavior. Her second monograph Technical Automation in Classical Antiquity (Bloomsbury, 2022) explores up to which point nature acts as an inspiration for technical automation, it discusses the consequences of technical automation in relation to human skills, and it examines its role in mechanical manufacturing processes. She is now working on her new book project ‘Missing Persons in the Greco-Roman world’ which explores how the condition of a person gone missing, that is, of a person who left and is ‘presumed’ missing by the left behind, is conceptualized in antiquity. This project continues her work on drama, science, technology, and its social impact and focuses, inter alia, on emotions, recognition, human identification technologies, and geography.