Inhabiting a Lettered World: Exploring the Fringes of Roman Writing Habits

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Abstract

Based on a survey of the evidence for perishable and liminal Roman material writing habits that might appropriately be described as fringe epigraphy', this paper invites a conceptual re-evaluation of writing and the role of letters, words, and texts - including their perception - in the Roman world. It thus challenges recent attempts of an all too narrow disciplinary, institutional view of what might constitute Latin epigraphy. Much rather, it is argued, it seems appropriate to think of the Roman world as a fundamentally lettered one - a world that is not only described and perceived, but, in actual fact, even imagined and explained in such terms, allowing for fluid transitions from monumental to informal, from serious and communication-driven to playful, pointless, and sensational, and ultimately from real to imagined.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
Seiten (von - bis)26–41
Seitenumfang16
FachzeitschriftBulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies
Jahrgang59
Ausgabenummer1
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Juni 2016
Extern publiziertJa

ÖFOS 2012

  • 601004 Epigraphik

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