Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Ancient Literacy by William Vernon Harris

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.

Buy Ancient Literacy by William Vernon Harris from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

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

Other Editions - Ancient Literacy by William Vernon Harris

Book Reviews - Ancient Literacy by William Vernon Harris

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Ancient Literacy book by William Vernon Harris and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


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.