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Oral Tradition And Written Record In Classical Athens

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Despite its written literature, ancient Greece was in many ways an oral society. This is the first serious attempt to study the implications of this view. Dr Thomas stresses the coexistence of literacy and oral tradition in Greece and examines their character and interaction. Concentrating on the plentiful evidence from Classical Athens, she shows how the use of writing developed only gradually and under the influence of the previous oral communication. Drawing on anthropological discussion, the author isolates different types of Athenian oral tradition, building up a picture of Athens' traditions about its past and examining why they changed and disappeared. This study provides crucial insights into the methods and achievements of the Greek historians. It also has major implications for the interpretation of ancient literacy.

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Author(s):
Rosalind Thomas
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1992
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521350255
ISBN-13:
9780521350259
Number of pages:
321
Publisher:
University of Cambridge
Title:
Oral Tradition And Written Record In Classical Athens

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Despite its written literature, ancient Greece was in many ways an oral society. This is the first serious attempt to study the implications of this view. Dr Thomas stresses the coexistence of literacy and oral tradition in Greece and examines their character and interaction. Concentrating on the plentiful evidence from Classical Athens, she shows how the use of writing developed only gradually and under the influence of the previous oral communication. Drawing on anthropological discussion, the author isolates different types of Athenian oral tradition, building up a picture of Athens' traditions about its past and examining why they changed and disappeared. This study provides crucial insights into the methods and achievements of the Greek historians. It also has major implications for the interpretation of ancient literacy.

In very good condition.

Author(s):
Rosalind Thomas
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1992
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521350255
ISBN-13:
9780521350259
Number of pages:
321
Publisher:
University of Cambridge
Title:
Oral Tradition And Written Record In Classical Athens

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