Literacy and Paideia in Ancient Greece / Edition 1

Literacy and Paideia in Ancient Greece / Edition 1

by Kevin Robb
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195059050

ISBN-13: 9780195059052

Pub. Date: 08/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book examines the progress of literacy in ancient Greece from its origins in the eighth century to the fourth century B.C.E., when the major cultural institutions of Athens became totally dependent on alphabetic literacy. By introducing new evidence and re-evaluating the older evidence, Robb demonstrates that early Greek literacy can be understood only in

Overview

This book examines the progress of literacy in ancient Greece from its origins in the eighth century to the fourth century B.C.E., when the major cultural institutions of Athens became totally dependent on alphabetic literacy. By introducing new evidence and re-evaluating the older evidence, Robb demonstrates that early Greek literacy can be understood only in terms of the rich oral culture that immediately preceded it, one that was dominated by the oral performance of epical verse, or "Homer." Only gradually did literate practices supersede oral habits and the oral way of life, forging alliances which now seem both bizarre and fascinating, but which were eminently successful, contributing to the "miracle" of Greece. In this book new light is brought to early Greek ethics, the rise of written law, the emergence of philosophy, and the final dominance of the Athenian philosophical schools in higher education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195059052
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Part I.The Origins of Greek Literacy
1.The Alphabet Enters Oral Greece21
2.The Oral Way of Life at the Inception of Greek Literacy: The Lesson of the Old Inscriptions44
3.Of Muses and Magistrates: From the Exemplum of Epic to the First Written Laws in Europe74
Part II.The Alliance between Literacy and the Law
4.Literacy and Residual Oralism in the Great Code of Gortyn: The Evidence of a Transitional Document99
5.The Progress of Literacy and Written Law in Athens125
Part III.The Alliance between Literacy and Paideia
6.The Epical Basis of Greek Paideia in the Late Fifth Century: Ion and Euthyphro159
7.Advancing Literacy and Traditional Greek Paideia: Mousike and Sunousia183
8.Mimesis Banished: The Alliance of Literacy and Paideia in Fourth-Century Athens214
9.Conclusion: Homer, the Alphabet, and the Progress of Greek Literacy and Paideia252
10.Epilogue: A Linguistic and Historical Analysis of the Invention of the Greek Alphabet265
Bibliography287
Index300

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