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Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman EmpireA Study of Elite Communities$
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William A. Johnson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176407

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.001.0001

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Pliny and the Construction of Reading Communities

Pliny and the Construction of Reading Communities

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Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire
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William A. Johnson (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.003.0003

This chapter examines the Letters of Pliny the Younger to understand better both the ways in which Pliny constructs a reading community and the particularities of that community. Pliny’s construction of literary culture is found to have a broad basis in regular, balanced ideals of daily regimen. Also explored is the relationship between Pliny’s deliberate highlighting of the institution of recitation and the reading community he seeks to construct, as well as other aspects of Pliny’s construction of community around literary ideals.

Keywords:   reading community, literary culture, Pliny the Younger, recitation

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