Literacy and Orality in Ancient Greece / Edition 1by Rosalind Thomas
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 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.
Table of Contents1. 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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