More than 4 weeks availability
This is an examination of how many people could read and write in the ancient world of the Greeks and Romans. Harris traces the partial transition to written culture, demonstrating continued reliance on oral communication. He explores the role of literacy as an instrument of power, indispensable to builders of empires, and as a political weapon for the minority who could read and write. In addition, he looks at the role of writing in the new religious culture of the late Roman Empire, in which it was more revered than practiced.
William V. Harris is Shepherd Professor of History at Columbia University and Director of the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean.
* Abbreviations Part One: Introduction * Levels of Greek and Roman Literacy * The Functions of Literacy in the Graeco-Roman World Part Two: The Literacy and Illiteracy of the Greeks * The Spread of Literacy in Archaic Times * The Classical Growth of Literacy and Its Limits * The Hellenistic State and Elementary Education Part Three: Literacy and Illiteracy in the Roman World * Archaic Italy and the Middle Republic * The Late Republic and the High Empire, 100 B.C.-250 A.D. * Literacy in Late Antiquity * Conclusion * Bibliography * Index
Number Of Pages:
- ID: 9780674033818
- Saver Delivery: Yes
- 1st Class Delivery: Yes
- Courier Delivery: Yes
- Store Delivery: Yes
Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly
© Copyright 2013 - 2016 WHSmith and its suppliers.
WHSmith High Street Limited Greenbridge Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, SN3 3LD, VAT GB238 5548 36