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2021 Programme

Event #9

Irene Vallejo, Valeria Della Valle

The birth of book in the ancient world

What is the origin of writing? When did the first books appear? Irene Vallejo and Valeria Della Valle retrace the stages of that extraordinary adventure that preserved words throughout millennia, transforming themselves from a breath of air into writing.

Interpreter: Rossana Ottolini


Irene Vallejo (Picture by © Jorge Fuembuena)[1]

Irene Vallejo is a Spanish philologist and writer. In 2007 she got an European doctorate in the universities of Zaragoza and Florence, with a thesis on the Greek literary canon. She is very active and holds several courses and conferences on the ancient world, and has a weekly column on El País. El País. In September her book Papyrus. L’infinito in un giunco (Bompiani) will be published.
ph: Jorge Fuembuena

Della Valle Valeria, libreria, libro, mano © 2015 Giliola CHISTE

Valeria Della Valle taught Italian Linguistics at the Sapienza University of Rome. Corresponding partner of Crusca and of Arcadia, she is the author of essays on ancient Tuscan texts, lexicography, the arts' vocabulary, the prose of contemporary narrators, as well as on and neologisms. With G. Patota he directed Il Nuovo Treccani (2018); she published several books, including Le parole valgono (Treccani, 2020) and in 2020-21 she hosted the TV program Le parole per dirlo (Rai 3).

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The birth of book in the ancient world

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