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Ancient LiteraciesThe Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome$
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William A. Johnson and Holt N. Parker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199793983

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199793983.001.0001

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Constructing Elite Reading Communities in the High Empire

Constructing Elite Reading Communities in the High Empire

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(p.320) 13 Constructing Elite Reading Communities in the High Empire
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Ancient Literacies
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William A. Johnson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199793983.003.0013

This chapter takes Aulus Gellius's work entitled Attic Nights as an illustrative example to present a methodology for exposing the sociology of certain types of reading events and how a reading community makes use of texts. Attic Nights is composed of 400 short essays on miscellaneous topics and varies in narrative aims and strategies. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the ideological components and ways of using texts for different types of reading events.

Keywords:   Aulus Gellius, Attic Nights, sociology, reading community, reading events

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