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Talking BooksReadings in Hellenistic and Roman Books of Poetry$
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G. O. Hutchinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279418.001.0001

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Doing Things with Books *

Doing Things with Books *

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(p.1) 1 Doing Things with Books*
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279418.003.0001

The history of structuring and reading books is surveyed in the Greek 3rd century and the Latin 1st century BC. Many illustrations of papyri are given. Papyri are seen to show ways of reading that relate juxtaposed items and pursue sequences; the composition of the interconnected book is linked with readers' private active creation of personal collections (anthologies). Intense and scholarly modes of reading are available, and attested by marginalia and abundant commentaries, etc. The differences in reading Greek, older Latin, and contemporary Latin poetry are shown. The environments and circumstances of reading in the late Republic are explored (including libraries).

Keywords:   papyri, anthologies, history of reading, commentaries, libraries

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