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The Resource Writing and the origins of Greek literature, Barry B. Powell

Writing and the origins of Greek literature, Barry B. Powell

Label
Writing and the origins of Greek literature
Title
Writing and the origins of Greek literature
Statement of responsibility
Barry B. Powell
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Professor Powell ties the origin and nature of archaic Greek literature to the special technology of Greek alphabetic writing. In building his model he presents chapters on specialized topics - text, orality, myth, literacy, tradition, and memorization - and then shows how such special topics relate to larger issues of cultural transmission from East to West. Several chapters are devoted to the theory and history of writing, its definition and general nature as well as such individual developments as semasiography and logosyllabography, Chinese writing, and the West Semitic family of syllabaries. He shows how the Greek alphabet put an end to the multiliteralism of Eastern traditions of writing, and how the recording of Homer and other early epic poetry cannot be separated from the alphabetic revolution. Finally, he explains how the creation of Greek alphabetic texts demoticized Greek myth and encouraged many free creations of new myths based on Eastern images
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Powell, Barry B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PA3079
LC item number
.P69 2002
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Greek literature
  • Written communication
  • Greek language
  • Literacy
  • Greek language
Label
Writing and the origins of Greek literature, Barry B. Powell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-205) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • List of figures
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1.
  • Introduction: building models like a wigwam.
  • p. 1
  • 2.
  • Text.
  • p. 4
  • 3.
  • Orality and genre.
  • p. 11
  • 4.
  • Myth.
  • p. 18
  • 5.
  • Literacy.
  • p. 21
  • 6.
  • Tradition.
  • p. 26
  • 7.
  • Memorization.
  • p. 29
  • 8.
  • M. L. West and the Eastern origins of Greek tradition.
  • p. 33
  • 9.
  • Cultural transmission by literate means in the Near East.
  • p. 48
  • 10.
  • Writing: general.
  • p. 56
  • 11.
  • Writing: semasiography and logosyllabography.
  • p. 62
  • 12.
  • Writing: the Chinese enigma.
  • p. 72
  • 13.
  • Oral and written in the land between the rivers.
  • p. 80
  • 14.
  • Oral and written in the Valley of the Nile.
  • p. 89
  • 15.
  • West Semitic revolution.
  • p. 99
  • 16.
  • invention of the Greek alphabet and the end of multiliteralism.
  • p. 112
  • 17.
  • Where does Homer fit in the alphabetic revolution?.
  • p. 125
  • 18.
  • aoidos in context.
  • p. 134
  • 19.
  • Aoidic innovation in myth: stories from pots.
  • p. 146
  • 20.
  • Summary and conclusions: early Greek literature in context.
  • p. 188
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 197
  • Index.
  • p. 206
Control code
l82002020169
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 210 p.
Isbn
9780521782067
Lccn
2002020169
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Writing and the origins of Greek literature, Barry B. Powell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-205) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • List of figures
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1.
  • Introduction: building models like a wigwam.
  • p. 1
  • 2.
  • Text.
  • p. 4
  • 3.
  • Orality and genre.
  • p. 11
  • 4.
  • Myth.
  • p. 18
  • 5.
  • Literacy.
  • p. 21
  • 6.
  • Tradition.
  • p. 26
  • 7.
  • Memorization.
  • p. 29
  • 8.
  • M. L. West and the Eastern origins of Greek tradition.
  • p. 33
  • 9.
  • Cultural transmission by literate means in the Near East.
  • p. 48
  • 10.
  • Writing: general.
  • p. 56
  • 11.
  • Writing: semasiography and logosyllabography.
  • p. 62
  • 12.
  • Writing: the Chinese enigma.
  • p. 72
  • 13.
  • Oral and written in the land between the rivers.
  • p. 80
  • 14.
  • Oral and written in the Valley of the Nile.
  • p. 89
  • 15.
  • West Semitic revolution.
  • p. 99
  • 16.
  • invention of the Greek alphabet and the end of multiliteralism.
  • p. 112
  • 17.
  • Where does Homer fit in the alphabetic revolution?.
  • p. 125
  • 18.
  • aoidos in context.
  • p. 134
  • 19.
  • Aoidic innovation in myth: stories from pots.
  • p. 146
  • 20.
  • Summary and conclusions: early Greek literature in context.
  • p. 188
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 197
  • Index.
  • p. 206
Control code
l82002020169
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 210 p.
Isbn
9780521782067
Lccn
2002020169
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.

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