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Paul J. Griffiths

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195125771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195125771.001.0001

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Commentary and Anthology in Roman Africa

Commentary and Anthology in Roman Africa

(p.148) 6 Commentary and Anthology in Roman Africa
Religious Reading

Paul J. Griffiths

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses commentary and anthology in Christian Africa under the Romans. Topics covered include teaching and learning literary works in Roman Africa, tools for writing, and Christian educational practices. A brief examination of four works composed in Roman Africa, coupled with what is known about the period's material culture of books and bookmaking, and about its pedagogical practice, strongly suggest that writing was not then of great importance for the composition and display of literary works, and that while many works were stored in writing, this was done for reasons that had not much to do with their redisplay. For Christians in Roman Africa, learning a work was mostly a matter of ears, memory, and mouth.

Keywords:   Christians, Africa, Romans, literary works, writing, bookmaking, commentary, anthology

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