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Politics of Orality: (Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece, Vol. 6)
Cooper, Craig, editor

Leiden: Brill, 2007 pp. xvii + 377. $174.00

Series Information
Mnemosyne Supplementa, 280


Description: This volume represents the sixth in the series on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds. The present work comprises a collection of essays that explore the tensions and controversies that arise as a society moves from an oral to literate culture. Part 1 deals with both Homeric and other forms of epic; part 2 explores different ways in which texts and writing were manipulated for political ends. Part 3 and 4 deals with the controversies surrounding the adoption of writing as the accepted mode of communication; whereas some segments of society began to privilege writing over oral communication, others continued to maintain that the latter was superior. Part 4 looks at the oral elements of Athenian Law.

Subjects: Greco-Roman Literature, Literature

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Review by Jonathan A. Draper
Published 1/12/2008
Citation: Jonathan A. Draper, review of Craig Cooper, ed., Politics of Orality: (Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece, Vol. 6), Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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