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Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome
To us, who have lived our entire lives in a culture saturated with print, it seems obvious that the survival of a verbal artifact for any length of time would be impossible without material texts. To a writer, getting published is the necessary first step toward a potentially limitless Nachleben. The fact that, ceteris paribus, a new book is more likely to be pulped within a few years than to survive into the following century doesn't really enter into consideration. In a general way, publication itself is considered a form of immortality.
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Farrell, Joseph. (2009). The Impermanent Text in Catullus and Other Roman Poets. In W. A. Johnson and H. N. Parker (Eds.), Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome (pp. 164-185). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Date Posted: 06 January 2017