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By William A. Johnson, Holt N. Parker

Classicists were sluggish to exploit the real advances within the means that literacy is seen in different disciplines (including particularly cognitive psychology, socio-linguistics, and socio-anthropology). nevertheless, historians of literacy proceed to depend upon outmoded paintings by means of classicists (mostly from the 1960's and 1970's) and feature little entry to the present reexamination of the traditional facts. This well timed quantity makes an attempt to formulate new fascinating methods of conversing in regards to the whole idea of literacy within the historic world—literacy no longer within the experience of even if 10% or 30% of individuals within the historical international may well learn or write, yet within the feel of text-oriented occasions embedded in a specific socio-cultural context.

The quantity is meant as a discussion board during which chosen prime students reconsider from the floor up how scholars of classical antiquity could top technique the query of literacy some time past, and the way that research may well materially intersect with adjustments within the method that literacy is now seen in different disciplines.

The consequence will supply readers new methods of brooding about particular parts of "literacy" in antiquity, reminiscent of the character of non-public libraries, or what it skill to be a bookseller in antiquity; new constructionist questions, comparable to what constitutes examining groups and the way they model themselves; new takes at the public sphere, corresponding to how literacy intersects with commercialism, or with using public areas, or with the development of civic identification; new essentialist questions, similar to what "book" and "reading" characterize in antiquity, why literate cultures improve, or why literate cultures subject. The publication derives from a convention (a Semple Symposium held in Cincinnati in April 2006) and comprises new paintings from the main impressive students of literacy in antiquity (e.g., Simon Goldhill, Joseph Farrell, Peter White, and Rosalind Thomas).

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Leodamas denied that he was ever on the stele of traitors (‹ôØ qí óôźßôÅò), and that the name had been erased by the Thirty (Arist. Rhet. II 1400a 32–6). People looked at these lists. 9). , in an inventory) as a continuous text in dense, continuous lines. It is tempting to think that those in proper list form—more expensive in stone, one assumes—were designed to be more easily read by those who were less educated, not skilled readers. 8b). 47 Perhaps we see here the difference between a big, exemplary public text inviting people to read it and check the malefactors, and documents that were more the technical documents of a board of officials, which they need to publish on stone to show that they had done their job.

Note omitted alpha; also single pi and rho. 1097 (Lang 1990, fig. ) 12. Phillips 1990. 13. Lang 1990: omitted letters listed pp. 16–17. Note also Lang 1982 on writing and spelling. 14. For an alternative reading of the first word, see Lang’s edition, ad loc. 1097. 768 (Lang 1990, fig. 23): ¨ìØóŁïå ÖæåÆæØïò—an attempt at ¨åìØóŁïŒºåò ÖæåÆæØïò. Spindly, uncertain writing. 768. 762 (Lang 1990, fig. 23): ¨åìóŁïŒºåò ÖæåÆæØïò—written retrograde, but the sigmas still face forward; iota missing in Themistokles’ name.

The situation in the Greek world contributes to and enhances this more complex picture of ‘‘literacies’’ rather than literacy. Moreover, the insights of researchers able to study living societies can suggest further questions and potential interpretations, and therefore enrich the way we approach the Greek written evidence: this Greek evidence is often fragmentary and by definition it obscures the unwritten side of life, privileging the written. It might be tempting to look for a general, overall picture of Greek literacy and literate habits.

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