Politics of Orality

Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece, Vol. 6


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.

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By: C. Cooper
Pages: 371–377
Craig R. Cooper, Ph.D. (1992) in Classics, University of British Columbia, is Associate Professor and Chair of Classics at the University of Winnipeg. He has published on the Athenian law, the Attic Orators, Plutarch and ancient biography.
All those interested in orality and literacy, Epic, Greek Tragedy, Athenian History, Athenian Law, Ancient Education, Near Eastern Studies.
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