Literacy and Orality in Ancient Greece / Edition 1

Literacy and Orality in Ancient Greece / Edition 1

by Rosalind Thomas
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521377420

ISBN-13: 9780521377423

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores the role of written and oral communication in Greece and is the first systematic and sustained treatment at this level. It examines the recent theoretical debates about literacy and orality and explores the uses of writing and oral communication, and their interaction, in ancient Greece. It sets the significance of written and oral communication as

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This book explores the role of written and oral communication in Greece and is the first systematic and sustained treatment at this level. It examines the recent theoretical debates about literacy and orality and explores the uses of writing and oral communication, and their interaction, in ancient Greece. It sets the significance of written and oral communication as much as possible in their social and historical context, and stresses the specifically Greek characteristics in their use. It draws together the results of recent studies and suggests further avenues of inquiry. All ancient evidence is translated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521377423
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
Key Themes in Ancient History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,064,615
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Literacy and orality; 3. Oral poetry; 4. The coming of the alphabet: literacy and oral communication in archaic Greece; 5. Beyond the rationalist view of writing: between 'literate' and 'oral'; 6. Orality, performance, and memorial; 7. Literacy and the state: the profusion of writing; Epilogue: the Roman world; Bibliographical essay; Bibliography.

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