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Readers and reading culture in the high Roman Empire : a study of elite communities

Author: William A Johnson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Series: Classical culture and society.
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"In Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire, William Johnson examines the system and culture of reading among the elite in second-century Rome. The investigation proceeds in case-study fashion using the principal surviving witnesses, beginning with the communities of Pliny and Tacitus (with a look at Pliny's teacher, Quintilian) from the time of the emperor Trajan. Johnson then moves on to explore elite  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William A Johnson
ISBN: 9780195176407 0195176405 9780199926718 0199926719
OCLC Number: 324776996
Description: x, 227 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Reading as a sociocultural system --
The pragmatics of reading --
Pliny and the construction of reading communities --
Pliny, Tacitus, and the Dialogus de oratoribus --
Doctors and intellectuals : Galen's reading community --
Aulus Gellius : the life of the litteratus --
Fronto and Aurelius : contubernium and solitary reader --
Lucian's insufficient intellectual --
The papyri : scholars and reading communities in Graeco-Roman Egypt --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Classical culture and society.
Responsibility: William A. Johnson.
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"In Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire, William Johnson examines the system and culture of reading among the elite in second-century Rome. The investigation proceeds in case-study fashion using the principal surviving witnesses, beginning with the communities of Pliny and Tacitus (with a look at Pliny's teacher, Quintilian) from the time of the emperor Trajan. Johnson then moves on to explore elite reading during the era of the Antonines, including the medical community around Galen, the philological community around Gellius and Fronto (with a look at the curious reading habits of Fronto's pupil Marcus Aurelius), and the intellectual communities lampooned by the satirist Lucian. Along the way, evidence from the papyri is deployed to help to understand better and more concretely both the mechanics of reading, and the social interactions that surrounded the ancient book. The result is a rich cultural history of individual reading communities that differentiate themselves in interesting ways even while in aggregate showing a coherent reading culture with fascinating similarities and contrasts to the reading culture of today"--Publisher description.

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