Journals Higher Education



Published: 05 February 2009

448 Pages | 23 halftones, 5 lines

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195340150

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Ancient Literacies

The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome

William A Johnson and Holt N Parker

This timely volume attempts to formulate interesting new ways of talking about the entire concept of literacy in the ancient world--literacy not in the sense of whether 10% or 30% of people in the ancient world could read or write, but in the sense of text-oriented events embedded in a particular socio-cultural context. The volume is intended as a forum in which selected leading scholars rethink from the ground up how students of classical antiquity might best approach the question of literacy in the past, and how that investigation might materially intersect with changes in the way that literacy is now viewed in other disciplines.