Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and by William A Johnson,Holt N Parker

By William A Johnson,Holt N Parker

Classicists were gradual to exploit the real advances within the manner that literacy is considered in different disciplines (including specifically cognitive psychology, socio-linguistics, and socio-anthropology). nevertheless, historians of literacy proceed to depend on superseded paintings via classicists (mostly from the 1960's and 1970's) and feature little entry to the present reexamination of the traditional proof. This well timed quantity makes an attempt to formulate new attention-grabbing methods of conversing concerning the complete notion of literacy within the old world--literacy now not within the feel of even if 10% or 30% of individuals within the historic international may well learn or write, yet within the experience of text-oriented occasions embedded in a selected socio-cultural context. the amount is meant as a discussion board during which chosen prime students reconsider from the floor up how scholars of classical antiquity may well most sensible procedure the query of literacy some time past, and the way that research may perhaps materially intersect with adjustments within the manner that literacy is now seen in different disciplines. the outcome will provide readers new methods of considering particular components of "literacy" in antiquity, corresponding to the character of non-public libraries, or what it ability to be a bookseller in antiquity; new constructionist questions, similar to what constitutes examining groups and the way they type themselves; new takes at the public sphere, comparable to how literacy intersects with commercialism, or with using public areas, or with the development of civic id; new essentialist questions, equivalent to what "book" and "reading" symbolize in antiquity, why literate cultures strengthen, or why literate cultures topic. The publication derives from a convention (a Semple Symposium held in Cincinnati in April 2006) and contains new paintings from the main remarkable students of literacy in antiquity (e.g., Simon Goldhill, Joseph Farrell, Peter White, and Rosalind Thomas).

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