By (author) William Vernon Harris
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Ancient Literacy by William Vernon Harris
Book DescriptionThis 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 DetailsISBN: 9780674033818
(235mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 4-Sep-1991
Country of Publication: United States
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The angry emotions, and the problems they presented, were an ancient Greek preoccupation from Homer to late antiquity. The control or elimination of rage was an obsessive concern. From the Greek world it passed to the Romans. This work explains the rise and persistence of this concern.
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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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