Literacy and Orality in Ancient Greece
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Literacy and Orality in Ancient Greece by Rosalind Thomas
Book DescriptionThis 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 is concerned to set the significance of written and oral communication as much as possible in their social and historical context, and to stress the specifically Greek characteristics in their use, arguing that the functions of literacy and orality are often fluid and culturally determined. It draws together the results of recent studies and suggests further avenues of enquiry. Individual chapters deal with (among other things) the role of writing in archaic Greece, oral poetry, the visual and monumental impact of writing, the performance and oral transmission even of written texts, and the use of writing by the city-states; there is an epilogue on Rome. All ancient evidence is translated.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521377423
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Sep-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Rosalind Thomas
Patterns of the Past, Hardback (November 2014)
In this volume, an international group of leading academics undertake an examination of epit=edeumata ('way of life') in Greek history, looking at cultural practices as acts which relate meaningfully to perceived sequences of past acts.
Herodotus in Context, Paperback (July 2002)
An examination of Herodotus' Histories in the context of the intellectual developments of his time.
Histories, Hardback (March 1997)
Traditionally known as the Father of History, the Greek writer Herodotus(c 484-420 BC), was the first man to tell a story in prose on the scale of the ILIAD and the ODYSSEY. This book deals with his work.
Oral Tradition and Written Record in Classical Athens, Paperback (December 1991)» View all books by Rosalind Thomas
Despite its written literature, ancient Greece was in many ways an oral society. This is the first major attempt to study the implications of this view.
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