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Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire
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Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities

William A. Johnson


Readers and Reading Culture in the High Empire examines the system and culture of reading among the elite in second-century Rome. The focus is on deep sociocultural contextualization for reading events within specific communities, and thus the investigation proceeds in case-study fashion using the principal surviving witnesses. Explored are the communities of Pliny and Tacitus (with a look at Pliny’s teacher, Quintilian) from the time of the emperor Trajan; and from the time of the Antonines, the medical community around Galen, the philological community around Gellius and Fronto ... More

Keywords: readers, reading, ancient book, Pliny, Tacitus, Quintilian, Galen, Gellius, Fronto, Lucian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195176407
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William A. Johnson, author
Duke University
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