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Saturday, November 06, 2010

R.S. Bagnall, Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East

Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East
Roger S. Bagnall

Available worldwide
Sather Classical Lectures
A Joan Palevsky Book in Classical Literature
Hardcover, 192 pages
ISBN: 9780520267022
December 2010
$49.95, £34.95

Most of the everyday writing from the ancient world—that is, informal writing not intended for a long life or wide public distribution—has perished. Reinterpreting the silences and blanks of the historical record, leading papyrologist Roger S. Bagnall convincingly argues, however, that ordinary people—from Britain to Egypt to Afghanistan—used writing in their daily lives far more extensively than has been recognized. Marshalling new and little-known evidence, including remarkable graffiti recently discovered in Smyrna, Bagnall presents a fascinating analysis of writing in different segments of society. His book offers a new picture of literacy in the ancient world in which Aramaic rivals Greek and Latin as a great international language, and in which many other local languages develop means of written expression alongside these metropolitan tongues.