Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities (Classical Culture and Society)

Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities (Classical Culture and Society)

Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities (Classical Culture and Society)

William A. Johnson


In Readers and analyzing tradition within the excessive Roman Empire, William Johnson examines the method and tradition of examining one of the elite in second-century Rome. The research proceeds in case-study type utilizing the primary surviving witnesses, starting with the groups of Pliny and Tacitus (with a glance at Pliny's instructor, Quintilian) from the time of the emperor Trajan. Johnson then strikes directly to discover elite interpreting throughout the period of the Antonines, together with the scientific group round Galen, the philological neighborhood round Gellius and Fronto (with a glance on the curious examining conduct of Fronto's student Marcus Aurelius), and the highbrow groups lampooned via the satirist Lucian. alongside the best way, proof from the papyri is deployed to aid to appreciate higher and extra concretely either the mechanics of examining, and the social interactions that surrounded the traditional booklet. the result's a wealthy cultural background of person examining groups that differentiate themselves in attention-grabbing methods even whereas in combination exhibiting a coherent studying tradition with interesting similarities and contrasts to the examining tradition of at the present time.

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