The Invention of Literature: From Greek Intoxication to the Latin Book

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Writing, so often claimed as the necessary tool for social and individual progress, has another history. In classical Greece, writing was looked upon with suspicion, an attempt to subject the reader to the writer's will. The spread of books and their exaltation announced the victory of conquerors. In antiquity, writing was not written for a literary public but for private ceremonies, trade and secrecy.

The Invention of Literature: From Greek Intoxication to the Latin Book 1999, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

ISBN-13: 9780801858642

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