Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

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Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome

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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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Date Posted: 06 January 2017