Phrasikleia: An Anthropology of Reading in Ancient Greece

Phrasikleia: An Anthropology of Reading in Ancient Greece

Paperback Anthropology of Contemporary Issues (Paperback)

By (author) Jesper Svenbro, Translated by Janet E. Lloyd

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  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 229mm x 18mm | 398g
  • Publication date: 13 May 1993
  • Publication City/Country: Ithaca
  • ISBN 10: 0801497523
  • ISBN 13: 9780801497520
  • Illustrations note: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,732,638

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First published in French in 1988, this extraordinary book traces the meaning and function of reading from its very beginnings in Greek oral culture through the development of silent reading.One of the most haunting early examples of Greek alphabetical writing appears on the life-sized Archaic funerary statue of a young girl. The inscription speaks for Phrasikleia, who "shall always be called maiden," for she has received this name from the gods instead of marriage.

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