An Anthropology of Reading in Ancient Greece
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Phrasikleia by Jesper Svenbro
Book DescriptionFirst published in French in 1988, this extraordinary book traces the meaning and function of reading from its very beginnings in Greek oral culture through the development of silent reading.One of the most haunting early examples of Greek alphabetical writing appears on the life-sized Archaic funerary statue of a young girl. The inscription speaks for Phrasikleia, who "shall always be called maiden," for she has received this name from the gods instead of marriage.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801497520
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1992
Country of Publication: United States
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