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Literacy and Power in the Ancient World - Alan K. Bowman

Literacy and Power in the Ancient World

By: Alan K. Bowman (Editor), Greg Woolf (Editor)

Paperback Published: 3rd February 1997
ISBN: 9780521587365
Number Of Pages: 260

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This collection attempts to set the study of literacy in the ancient world in the wider contexts of the debates among anthropologists over the impact of writing on society. Was writing a revolutionary innovation, prompting or participating in social change, or a fundamentally repressive and disciplinary technology? The book consists of a series of studies ranging over the whole of the Mediterranean world and much of northern Europe during a period of more than a millennium (c. 600 BC-AD 800). The areas examined include Pharaonic and Hellenistic Egypt, Persia and the Near East, Judaea, classical Greece, and the Roman and the Byzantine empires. Each of the contributors investigates, in his or her particular area of expertise, the changing roles of writing in history, in particular the extent to which writing played an active role in historical change in antiquity.

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'Bowman and Woolf's collection has many virtues - not least putting Greek and Roman experience into a wider ancient context. All classicists must read it to broaden their range and enlarge their operating framework.' The Classical Review 'This book is highly informative and always interesting ... ' JACT Review

Literacy and power in the ancient world
The Persepolis Tablets: speech, seal and script
Literacy and the city-state in archaic and classical
Literacy and language in Egypt in the Late and Persian Periods
Literacy and power in Ptolemaic Egypt Dorothy
Power and the spread of writing in the West
Texts, scribes and power in
The Roman imperial army: letters and literacy on the northern frontier
Literacy and power in early Christianity
Greek and Syriac in Late Antique
Later Roman bureaucracy: going through the files
Literacy and power in the migration period
Texts as weapons: polemic in the Byzantine dark ages
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ISBN: 9780521587365
ISBN-10: 0521587360
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 3rd February 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.32  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.32