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 interpreting tradition within the excessive Roman Empire, William Johnson examines the method and tradition of studying one of the elite in second-century Rome. The research proceeds in case-study type utilizing the central 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 studying through the period of the Antonines, together with the clinical neighborhood round Galen, the philological group round Gellius and Fronto (with a glance on the curious interpreting conduct of Fronto's scholar Marcus Aurelius), and the highbrow groups lampooned by way of the satirist Lucian. alongside the way in which, facts from the papyri is deployed to assist to appreciate greater and extra concretely either the mechanics of examining, and the social interactions that surrounded the traditional publication. the result's a wealthy cultural background of person studying groups that differentiate themselves in attention-grabbing methods even whereas in combination exhibiting a coherent examining tradition with interesting similarities and contrasts to the interpreting tradition of at the present time.

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