The Politics of Orality

Front Cover
Craig Richard Cooper
BRILL, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 377 pages
0 Reviews
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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Part II POLITICAL MANIPULATION OF TEXTS
87
PRIVILEGING LITERACY
191
PRIVILEGING ORALITY
275
Part V ORALITY AND WRITTEN LAW
319
SELECT INDEX
371
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

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.