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Ancient Literacy
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Ancient Literacy

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Ancient Literacy by William Vernon Harris

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This is an examination of how many people could read and write in the ancient world of the Greeks and Romans. Harris traces the partial transition to written culture, demonstrating continued reliance on oral communication. He explores the role of literacy as an instrument of power, indispensable to builders of empires, and as a political weapon for the minority who could read and write. In addition, he looks at the role of writing in the new religious culture of the late Roman Empire, in which it was more revered than practiced.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674033818
ISBN-10: 0674033817
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Pages: 406
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 4-Sep-1991
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William Vernon Harris

William V. Harris is Shepherd Professor of History at Columbia University and Director of the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean.

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