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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

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

William A. Johnson

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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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