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Author Thomas, Rosalind, 1959-

Title Literacy and orality in ancient Greece / Rosalind Thomas.

Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail High Use  302.20938 THOM  OVERNIGHT LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 201 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Key themes in ancient history.
Key themes in ancient history.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 176-197) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Literacy and orality -- 3. Oral poetry -- 1. Introduction: oral poetry and orality. 2. The Parry-Lord thesis. 3. Method of composition: memory, improvisation, reflection. 4. The formula: the formulaic poet? 5. Writing and oral poetry -- 6. Conclusions -- 4. The coming of the alphabet: literacy and oral communication in archaic Greece. 1. The alphabet. 2. The earliest uses of writing. 3. Early writing and the spoken word. 4. Public writing and the archaic polis -- 5. Beyond the rationalist view of writing: between 'literate' and 'oral' -- Introduction: beyond the written message. 2. The non-rational use of writing: symbolic, magical, and monumental. 3. Orality and the written word. 4. Documents versus records? -- 6. Orality, performance, and memorial. 1. Archaic and classical orality: orality as a tool of analysis. 2. Oral tradition. 3. Poetry, memory, and performance. The poet. The performance. Performance and the written text.
7. Literacy and the state: the profusion of writing. 1. Introduction: literacy and power. 2. Records, laws, and archives. 3. Political constitution and written record. 4. State, individual, and written record -- Epilogue: the Roman world.
Summary Explores the role of written and oral communication in Greece.
Subject Greek language -- Social aspects -- Greece.
Written communication -- Greece -- History.
Oral communication -- Greece -- History.
Oral tradition -- Greece -- History.
Language and culture -- Greece.
Literacy -- Greece -- History.
Writing -- Greece -- History.
Greece -- Civilization.
ISBN 0521377420 (paperback)
0521373468 (hardback)