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Author Name    Thomas, Rosalind

Title   ORAL TRADITION AND WRITTEN RECORDS IN CLASSICAL ATHENS

Binding   Softcover

Book Condition   Near Fine

Publisher    Cambridge University Press 1992

ISBN Number    0521425182 / 9780521425186

Seller ID   25935

Very minor shelfwear else Fine. ; 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. ; Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 321 pages

Communication Greece Classical Greek & Roman Greek History Literacy Oral Theory Athens & Athenians Linguistics

Price = 38.00 USD



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