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By William A Johnson,Holt N Parker

ISBN-10: 0195340159

ISBN-13: 9780195340150

ISBN-10: 0199793980

ISBN-13: 9780199793983

Classicists were gradual to use the real advances within the method that literacy is seen in different disciplines (including specifically cognitive psychology, socio-linguistics, and socio-anthropology). however, historians of literacy proceed to depend upon superseded paintings by way of classicists (mostly from the 1960's and 1970's) and feature little entry to the present reexamination of the traditional proof. This well timed quantity makes an attempt to formulate new fascinating methods of speaking in regards to the complete notion of literacy within the historic world--literacy no longer within the experience of even if 10% or 30% of individuals within the historical global may perhaps learn or write, yet within the experience of text-oriented occasions embedded in a specific socio-cultural context. the quantity is meant as a discussion board within which chosen top students reconsider from the floor up how scholars of classical antiquity may possibly most sensible procedure the query of literacy some time past, and the way that research may possibly materially intersect with adjustments within the method that literacy is now considered in different disciplines. the outcome will provide readers new methods of puzzling over particular parts of "literacy" in antiquity, comparable to the character of private libraries, or what it capacity to be a bookseller in antiquity; new constructionist questions, reminiscent of what constitutes interpreting groups and the way they type themselves; new takes at the public sphere, reminiscent of how literacy intersects with commercialism, or with using public areas, or with the development of civic id; new essentialist questions, resembling what "book" and "reading" characterize in antiquity, why literate cultures strengthen, or why literate cultures subject. The ebook derives from a convention (a Semple Symposium held in Cincinnati in April 2006) and comprises new paintings from the main awesome students of literacy in antiquity (e.g., Simon Goldhill, Joseph Farrell, Peter White, and Rosalind Thomas).

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