Did people use passwords in ancient times

07.04.2015 11:15

Communication in ancient times

Robert Emmerich Press and public relations
Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg

How to deal with the flood of information that spills over you every day? People in antiquity asked themselves that. From April 16, the Mommsen conference at the University of Würzburg will deal with their thoughts on this topic.

Another central topic today is a focus of the 33rd large conference of the Mommsen Society at the University of Würzburg from Thursday to Saturday, April 16-18, 2015. Experts from ancient studies will discuss the topic: “Forms of communication through images , Word and Text in Antiquity ”.

The conference also makes connections to today's “media revolution” and the associated changes in communication forms, for example through media such as Facebook and Twitter. The latter make the availability of information and the flow of information increasingly dense and confusing. More than ever, users are forced to make a selection from the abundant information on offer.

At first glance, this problem appears to be more recent. But they were also discussed in ancient times. At that time, among other things, it was the growing importance of the medium of "writing" that sparked thought about the selection and appropriate use of information. Critical handling of texts was required. In order to avoid passive reception, for example in the transfer of knowledge, the question of selection criteria was asked as early as 2000 years ago, for example Plato in his dialogue Phaedrus.

Public lectures in the Neubaukirche

The lectures at the Mommsen conference deal with such similarities and differences between today's and ancient people when dealing with information. Topics such as rhetoric, image programs, information carriers, political and private communication and related aspects of Greco-Roman culture are discussed.

The public lectures take place in the Neubaukirche. They run in German, entry is free. The conference is chaired by Professor Michael Erler, Chair of Classical Philology I (Greek Studies) at the University of Würzburg. His chair team, which organizes the conference, expects around 150 participants.

Facts about the Mommsen Society

The Mommsen Society, founded in 1949, promotes, among other things, research, collaboration and exchange between the various disciplines in the area in the field of classical studies. The society currently has over 700 members. It is named after the polymath Theodor Mommsen (1817-1903), who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1902.


Prof. Dr. Michael Erler, Chair for Classical Philology I (Graecistics), University of Würzburg, T (0931) 31-82820, [email protected]

Additional Information:

http: //www.mommsen-gesellschaft.de/index.php? option = com_content & view = article ... For the conference program on the homepage of the Mommsen Society

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