Phrasikleia

9780801425196: Hardback
Release Date: 26th April 1993

9780801497520: Paperback
Release Date: 26th April 1993

1 illus.

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 240

Series Myth and Poetics

Cornell University Press

Phrasikleia

An Anthropology of Reading in Ancient Greece

Written by
Jesper Svenbro
,
Translated by
Janet Lloyd

First published in French in 1988, this extraordinary book traces the meaning and function of reading from its very beginnings in Greek oral culture through the development of silent reading. One of the most haunting early examples of Greek...

Hardback / £43.00
Paperback / £25.99

First published in French in 1988, this extraordinary book traces the meaning and function of reading from its very beginnings in Greek oral culture through the development of silent reading.

One of the most haunting early examples of Greek alphabetical writing appears on the life-sized Archaic funerary statue of a young girl. The inscription speaks for Phrasikleia, who "shall always be called maiden," for she has received this name from the gods instead of marriage.