Chronoi Talks: “What is a Classic Text?” (Online)

June 24, 2021

9 - 10 am (CET)


Prof. Dr. Glenn W. Most


What is the relation between classic texts and time? One obvious answer that has often been suggested is that classic texts are ones that have lasted a long time. Thus Longinus, a classic author if there ever was one, claims in his work On the Sublime that "To speak generally, you should consider that to be beautifully and truly sublime which pleases all people at all times" (7.4). But is longevity a necessary condition for classic status, or a sufficient one, or in fact perhaps neither necessary nor sufficient? I will propose that the relation involved is in fact both more complex and more essential than this traditional answer implies, and that considering the classic illuminates fundamental aspects of human temporality, above all its insufficiency and its asymmetry.



Participants can join the online Chronoi Talk by clicking on the following link:


https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin/j.php?MTID=m5bf3a7b35bed9ca49ee4b7ae9dc35675


The conference room can be accessed using the following methods:


  • Joining directly in your browser; simply click the link above, and look for a button with this option near the bottom of the webpage.

  • Downloading the program to your computer (instructions can be found by following the meeting link)

  • Using the smartphone app called “Cisco Webex Meetings."


You are welcome to enter the online conference room up to 15 minutes in advance of the start time.