Reading, Writing, and Bookish Circles in the Ancient Mediterranean

Norton, J. D.H., Allen, G. and Askin, L. A. (Eds.) (2022) Reading, Writing, and Bookish Circles in the Ancient Mediterranean. Series: Education, literary culture, and religious practice in the ancient world. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781350265028

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By integrating conversations across disciplines, especially focusing on classical studies and Jewish and Christian studies, this volume addresses several imbalances in scholarship on reading and textual activity in the ancient Mediterranean. Contributors intentionally place Jewish, Christian, Roman, Greek and other reading circles back into their encompassing historical context, avoiding subdivisions along modern subject lines, divisions still bearing marks of cultural and ideological interests. In their examination, contributors avoid dwelling upon traditional methodological debates over orality vs. literacy and social classifications of literacy, instead turning their attention to the social-historical: groups of people, circles and networks, strata and class, scribal culture, material culture, epigraphic and papyrological evidence, functions and types of literacy and the social relationships that all of these entail. Overall, the volume contributes to an emerging and important interdisciplinary collaboration between specialists in ancient literacy, encouraging future discussion between two currently divided fields.

Item Type:Edited Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Allen, Professor Garrick
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing
Published Online:30 June 2022
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