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Literacy and Paideia in Ancient Greece - Kevin Robb

Literacy and Paideia in Ancient Greece

Hardcover Published: 1st February 1994
ISBN: 9780195059052
Number Of Pages: 320

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This book examines the progress of literacy in ancient Greece from its origins in the eighth century to the fourth century B.C.E., when the major cultural institutions of Athens became totally dependent on alphabetic literacy. By introducing new evidence and re-evaluating the older evidence, Robb demonstrates that early Greek literacy can be understood only in terms of the rich oral culture that immediately preceded it, one that was dominated by the oral performance of epical verse, or "Homer." Only gradually did literate practices supersede oral habits and the oral way of life, forging alliances which now seem both bizarre and fascinating, but which were eminently successful, contributing to the "miracle" of Greece. In this book new light is brought to early Greek ethics, the rise of written law, the emergence of philosophy, and the final dominance of the Athenian philosophical schools in higher education.

"[A] magisterial study...[and] a major contribution."--Religious Studies Review "This book is fitting tribute to Havelock's lasting influence and the permanent changes he made in our thinking about the culture of ancient Greece....In so short a review I cannot do justice to the richness and breadth of Robb's learning....His views are always balanced and in my opinion usually right....The great strengths of Robb's book is to tie the nature and forms of ancient Greek culture directly to the technology of writing that supported it."--American Historical Review "This is an important book...and it is scarcely possible to do it justice in the space of a short review....a learned and original book with a great deal for all classicists, whether they be historians, epigraphers, philologists, or students of Greek law, literature, or philosophy."--Language in Society "This book is an intellectual jackpot, the sort of book that habitual reviewers yearn to receive and for which they plug precious quarter-hours into tomes with promising titles....For linguists of all interests, this book will richly repay study."--Language "...Robb has read widely in the specialist literature on all of the topics he discusses, and he formulates a framework for understanding his subject in its full scope."--American Journal of Philology "[A] magisterial study...[and] a major contribution."--Religious Studies Review "This book is fitting tribute to Havelock's lasting influence and the permanent changes he made in our thinking about the culture of ancient Greece....In so short a review I cannot do justice to the richness and breadth of Robb's learning....His views are always balanced and in my opinion usually right....The great strengths of Robb's book is to tie the nature and forms of ancient Greek culture directly to the technology of writing that supported it."--American Historical Review "This is an important book...and it is scarcely possible to do it justice in the space of a short review....a learned and original book with a great deal for all classicists, whether they be historians, epigraphers, philologists, or students of Greek law, literature, or philosophy."--Language in Society "This book is an intellectual jackpot, the sort of book that habitual reviewers yearn to receive and for which they plug precious quarter-hours into tomes with promising titles....For linguists of all interests, this book will richly repay study."--Language "...Robb has read widely in the specialist literature on all of the topics he discusses, and he formulates a framework for understanding his subject in its full scope."--American Journal of Philology "Kevin Robb has written an important book which, I believe, will be valuable for aestheticians, historians of education, classicists, and historians of literacy....[the] book should be read by all who are concerned with classical studies and is even more significant for those concerned with the history of education, law, and literacy. It is written with charm and elegance."--Journal of Aesthetic Education "Kevin Robb's work makes a significant contribution to the field of literacy and `orality'....Robb's work will be read profitably by scholars of ancient education, literacy, and society."--History of Education Quarterly "The pioneering efforts of scholars such as Eric A Havelock and Walter J. Ong initially were on trial; orality and literacy studies has had its day in the court of academia and won in principle. Now, for such work to move beyond the initial stage of acceptance, serious scholarship must continue into the next phase: the discovery of new knowledge and refinement of initial claims. No more better case for such progress has yet been made then by Kevin Robb's literacy & Paideia in Ancient Greece."--Rhetoric Review

Introductionp. 3
The Origins of Greek Literacy
The Alphabet Enters Oral Greecep. 21
The Oral Way of Life at the Inception of Greek Literacy: The Lesson of the Old Inscriptionsp. 44
Of Muses and Magistrates: From the Exemplum of Epic to the First Written Laws in Europep. 74
The Alliance between Literacy and the Law
Literacy and Residual Oralism in the Great Code of Gortyn: The Evidence of a Transitional Documentp. 99
The Progress of Literacy and Written Law in Athensp. 125
The Alliance between Literacy and Paideia
The Epical Basis of Greek Paideia in the Late Fifth Century: Ion and Euthyphrop. 159
Advancing Literacy and Traditional Greek Paideia: Mousike and Sunousiap. 183
Mimesis Banished: The Alliance of Literacy and Paideia in Fourth-Century Athensp. 214
Conclusion: Homer, the Alphabet, and the Progress of Greek Literacy and Paideiap. 252
Epilogue: A Linguistic and Historical Analysis of the Invention of the Greek Alphabetp. 265
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 300
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ISBN: 9780195059052
ISBN-10: 0195059050
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st February 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.26  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.67