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The Power of the Written Word (Studia Classica)

ISBN: 9780820408965
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing
Publication Date: 1989-10-01
Number of pages: 378
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This book examines how developments in the technology of writing and literacy stimulated changes in Western civilization from its beginnings to the present. The study suggests that a few rather short periods between long static intervals generated significant cultural and cognitive innovations which still dominate «modern» civilization. Concentrating on these milestone eras - the first urban civilization in the Near East, the Greek and Roman periods, and the Renaissance - the author finds a consistent association of advances in the technique of writing and literacy with intense intellectual creativity.

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