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Pria Jackson is a first year PhD student at Princeton University. She loves both ancient and modern theater enough to critique it often; holding it to higher standards in the hopes that it will only get better from here.

Surviving Two Thousand Years: understanding the role of power in shaping the textual record

Why do some stories survive thousands of years while others are quickly lost? Many factors affect an ancient text's chances of survival, but most important is power. If we understand how texts have survived with the aid of each generation's most empowered, can we then predict which modern classics will survive?