Written Texts and the Rise of Literate Culture in Ancient Greece by Harvey YunisWritten Texts and the Rise of Literate Culture in Ancient Greece by Harvey Yunis

Written Texts and the Rise of Literate Culture in Ancient Greece

EditorHarvey Yunis

Paperback | August 20, 2007

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The landmark developments of Greek culture and the critical works of Greek thought and literature were accompanied by an explosive growth in the use of written texts from the sixth through the fourth centuries B.C.E. The creation of the "classical" and the perennial use of Greece by later European civilizations as a source of knowledge and inspiration would not have taken place without the textual innovations of the classical period. This book considers how writing, reading, and disseminating texts led to new ways of thinking and new forms of expression and behavior.
Title:Written Texts and the Rise of Literate Culture in Ancient GreeceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:August 20, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521039150

ISBN - 13:9780521039154


Table of Contents

Preface; Contributors; Introduction: why written texts? Harvey Yunis; 1. From letters to literature: reading the 'song culture' of classical Greece Andrew Ford; 2. Writing religion: inscribed texts, ritual authority and the religious discourse of the Polis Albert Henrichs; 3. Letters of the law: written texts in archaic Greek law Michael Gagarin; 4. Writing, law and legal practice in the Athenian courts David Cohen; 5. Literacy and the charlatan in ancient Greek medicine Lesley Dean-Jones; 6. Literacy in Greek and Chinese science: some comparative issues Geoffrey Lloyd; 7. Writing philosophy: prose and poetry from Thales to Plato Charles H. Kahn; 8. Prose performance texts: Epideixis and written publication in the late fifth and early fourth centuries Rosalind Thomas; 9. Writing for reading: Thucydides, Plato and the emergence of the critical reader Harvey Yunis; 10. Reflecting on writing and culture: Theocritus and the style of cultural change Richard Hunter; Bibliography; Index.

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