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Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome

William A. Johnson and Holt N. Parker


Recent advances in cognitive psychology, socio-linguistics, and socio-anthropology are revolutionizing our understanding of literacy. However, this research has made only minimal inroads among classicists. In turn, historians of literacy continue to rely on outdated work by classicists (mostly from the 1960s and 1970s) and have little access to the current reexamination of the ancient evidence. This timely volume seeks to formulate interesting new ways of conceiving the entire concept of literacy in the ancient world, as text-oriented events embedded in particular socio-cultural contexts. This ... More

Keywords: ancient evidence, classical antiquity, literacy, personal libraries, bookseller, reading communities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199793983
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199793983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William A. Johnson, editor
Professor of Classical Studies, Duke University

Holt N. Parker, editor
Professor of Classics, University of Cincinnati

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