Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and by William A. Johnson, Holt N. Parker

By William A. Johnson, Holt N. Parker

Classicists were gradual to use the $64000 advances within the manner that literacy is seen in different disciplines (including specifically cognitive psychology, socio-linguistics, and socio-anthropology). nevertheless, historians of literacy proceed to depend upon superseded paintings through classicists (mostly from the 1960's and 1970's) and feature little entry to the present reexamination of the traditional proof.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 conversing concerning the complete notion of literacy within the old world—literacy now not within the feel of no matter if 10% or 30% of individuals within the historical international may well learn or write, yet within the feel of text-oriented occasions embedded in a selected socio-cultural context.

The quantity is meant as a discussion board during which chosen prime students reconsider from the floor up how scholars of classical antiquity may top method the query of literacy long ago, and the way that research may possibly materially intersect with adjustments within the means that literacy is now considered in different disciplines.

The consequence will supply readers new methods of brooding about particular parts of "literacy" in antiquity, akin to the character of private libraries, or what it skill to be a bookseller in antiquity; new constructionist questions, comparable to what constitutes examining groups and the way they type themselves; new takes at the public sphere, equivalent to how literacy intersects with commercialism, or with using public areas, or with the development of civic identification; new essentialist questions, equivalent to what "book" and "reading" symbolize in antiquity, why literate cultures boost, or why literate cultures topic. The ebook derives from a convention (a Semple Symposium held in Cincinnati in April 2006) and comprises new paintings from the main impressive students of literacy in antiquity (e.g., Simon Goldhill, Joseph Farrell, Peter White, and Rosalind Thomas).

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They have been said to be a quite separate entity from oral communication (Goody [1977] argued that the list was a quintessentially literate artifact, not a naturally occurring phenomenon in an entirely oral society, though early Greek poetry is not entirely unable to give lists of names). Lists on stone are very common indeed in classical Athens. 8a). In the Greek writing system the list is unusual in not having words running on continuously: there would be no difficulty separating words. If Saenger is right about the connection of silent reading with separated words,39 lists 38.

He says he was intending to write the genealogy out on a board, but those farther away would be at a disadvantage, therefore word of mouth would be fairer, and he proceeds with the spoken word. This is both tantalizing and suspicious, the only hint, so far as I know, that a written text might be set up in the courts to be read: Apollodorus leaves out some significant items of genealogy, and given the complexity of this case, he may have benefited from a certain lack of clarity! The balance between rhetoric and fact here is unclear.

Olson and Torrance 2001, xii, taken from the draft policy statement. 2. Olson and Torrance 2001, xiii, also from the policy statement. Note esp. ch. 9 in that volume on Pulaar literacy in a Senegalese community. 13 14 Situating Literacies advantages that that can bring. There is thus a fascinating tension between the obvious fact that writing makes certain activities possible or easier, and that different potentials are seized upon by different communities. In some, writing means bureaucracy, control, and oppression by the state, in others an enabling skill that frees an individual’s creative potential.

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