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    DescriptionRecent 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 In turn, historians of literacy continue to rely on outdated work by classicists (mostly from the 1960's and 1970's) and have little access to the current reexamination of the ancient evidence.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. In the volume, 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. The result will give readers new ways of thinking about specific elements of "literacy" in antiquity, such as the nature of personal libraries, or what it means to be a bookseller in antiquity; new constructionist questions, such as what constitutes reading communities and how they fashion themselves; new takes on the public sphere, such as how literacy intersects with commercialism, or with the use of public spaces, or with the construction of civic identity; new essentialist questions, such as what do "book" and "reading" signify in antiquity, why literate cultures develop, or why literate cultures matter. Containing new work from today's outstanding scholars of literacy in antiquity, Ancient Literacies will be an indispensable collection for all students and scholars of reading cultures in the classical world.

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    Ancient Literacies
    The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by William A. Johnson, Edited by Holt N. Parker
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 640 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199793983
    ISBN 10: 0199793980

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    Abridged Dewey: 938
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    Edition statement
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    08 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    William A Johnson is Professor of Classical Studies, Duke University. He is the author of Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire. Holt N. Parker is Professor of Classics, University of Cincinnati.
    Review quote
    Lest we neglect the obvious reflexivity of a book about books, editors and press should be commended for excellent production, proofreading, and indices and bibliography. The book as an artifact more than lives up to its value as text. And any scholar of ancient texts with a glimmer of interest in context will find something of use within. Joseph Howley, Journal of Roman Studies
    Table of contents
    LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ; ABBREVIATIONS ; LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS ; 1. Introduction ; PART I SITUATING LITERACIES ; 2. Writing, Reading, Public and Private "Literacies": Functional Literacy and Democratic Literacy in Greece ; 3. Literacy or Literacies in Ancient Rome? ; 4. Reading, Hearing, and Looking at Ephesos ; 5. The Anecdote: Exploring the Boundaries between Oral and Literate Performance in the Second Sophistic ; 6. Situating Literacy at Rome ; PART II BOOKS AND TEXTS ; 7. The Corrupted Boy and the Crowned Poet or the Material Reality and the Symbolic Status of the Literary Book at Rome ; 8. The Impermanent Text in Catullus and Other Roman Poets ; 9. Books and Reading Latin Poetry ; PART III INSTITUTIONS AND COMMUNITIES ; 10. Papyrological Evidence for Book Collections and Libraries in the Roman Empire ; 11. Bookshops in the Literary Culture of Rome ; 12. Literary Literacy in Roman Pompeii: the Case of Virgil's Aeneid ; 13. Constructing Elite Reading Communities in the High Empire ; PART IV BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY ; 14. Literacy Studies in Classics: The Last Twenty Years ; PART V EPILOGUE ; 15. Why Literacy Matters, Then and Now (May 30, 2006) ; INDEX LOCORUM ; GENERAL INDEX