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Associate Professor Trevor Evans: Verbs of Saying and the Significance of the Septuagint within the History of Greek

By Departmental Research Seminar

Tuesday 21 Aug (Week 4), 2-3.30pm

Recreation Room (S2.6), Level 3, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University

The Department of Ancient History in conjunction with the Macquarie University Ancient History Association (MAHA) offers a research seminar series, intended to bring together those within Macquarie and outside who have an interest in the languages, histories, and cultures of the ancient world. View the schedule for the research seminar.

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Trevor Evans | Associate Professor, Macquarie University

Polonsky Visiting Fellow 2018, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford

  • Verbs of Saying and the Significance of the Septuagint within the History of Greek
  • Trevor Evans is an expert on post-classical Greek language, especially that of the Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament) and documentary texts, and on Greek and Latin lexicography. He has recently completed a six-month Polonsky Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford, where he was invited to take a leadership role in the 2018 Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies (OSAJS) 'Greek Expanded, Greek Transformed: The Vocabulary of the Septuagint and the Cultural World of the Translators'. In this paper he will share material from a presentation to the Oxford Seminar, in which he investigated a translational pattern in the Greek Pentateuch involving verbs of saying, its continuation in later segments of the Septuagint, and its broader influence. The work underpinning the presentation provided part of the stimulus for the new international research network 'The Septuagint within the History of Greek', of which he is co-leader. The specific feature in question here is an example, among many others that are available, of the importance of Septuagint evidence for understanding the general development of the Greek language in the post-classical period. 

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Departmental Research Seminar

The Department of Ancient History in conjunction with the Macquarie University Ancient History Association (MAHA) offers a research seminar series, intended to bring together those within Macquarie and outside who have an interest in the languages, histories, and cultures of the ancient world.