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    DescriptionThis book examines the progress of literacy in ancient Greece from its origins in the eighth century to the fourth century, when the major cultural institutions of Athens became totally dependent on alphabetic literacy. By introducing new evidence and re-evaluating the older evidence, Robb demonstrates that early Greek literacy can be understood only in terms of the rich oral culture that immediately preceded it, one that was dominated by the oral performance of epical verse, or "Homer." Only gradually did literate practices supersede oral habits and the oral way of life, forging alliances which now seem both bizarre and fascinating, but which were eminently successful, contributing to the "miracle" of Greece.


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    Title
    Literacy and Paideia in Ancient Greece
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kevin Robb
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 243 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 586 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195059052
    ISBN 10: 0195059050
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: GTC
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC subject category V2: CFC
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004120
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T General Subject: 495
    BISAC V2.8: LAN015000, SOC026000
    B&T Approval Code: A37090000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEDITR
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17350
    B&T Approval Code: A20204025
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC22: 302.22440938
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC12A: 302.20938
    LC classification: PA227.R63
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LAN010000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 302.2/244/0938
    LC classification: PA227 .R63 1994
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: GTC, CFC
    Illustrations note
    halftones, 1 line illustration
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    11 August 1994
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    this is a very learned book ... The author is careful to gloss all Greak words, writes clearly, and - a good index of his intention to communicate rather than intimidate - transcribes everything into the Latin alphabet. Sino-Platonic Papers, No.107, Sept. 2000. IX. masterful treatment of paideia. Sino-Platonic Papers, No.107, Sept. 2000. IX. This is a thoroughly scholarly work, yet an utter delight to read. Sino-Platonic Papers, No.107, Sept. 2000. IX.
    Back cover copy
    Kevin Robb chronicles ancient Greece's "literate revolution", recounting how the Phoenecian alphabet silently entered Greece and, in the improved Greek version, conquered its major cultural institutions. He examines the progress of literacy from its origins in the eighth century to the fourth century B.C.E., when the major institutions of Athenian democracy - most notably law and higher education - became totally dependent on alphabetic literacy. By introducing new evidence as well as re-evaluating the older evidence, Robb shows that early Greek literacy can be understood only in terms of the rich oral culture that immediately preceded it - one that was dominated by the oral performance of epic verse, or "Homer". Only gradually did literate practices supersede oral habits and the oral way of life, forging alliances which now seem both bizarre and fascinating, but which were eminently successful, contributing to the "miracle" of Greece. Literacy and Paideia in Ancient Greece provides a fascinating look at the first society to become culturally dependent on the alphabet. In it, Robb elucidates how, in the space of four hundred years, total orality gave way to an advancing literacy. In the process of his investigation, he brings new light to early Greek ethics, the rise of written law, the emergence of philosophy, and the final dominance of the Athenian philosophical schools in higher education.