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By Tony M. Lentz

An exam of the connection among writing and orality which proposes that tradition thrives while festival between media emphasizes the energy of each.

Lentz builds on Eric Havelock’s Preface to Plato, providing concrete proof for Havelock’s speculation at the value of writing to the origins of Greek philosophy. He makes a speciality of the interplay among the summary notion and verbatim precision that writing strengthened and the reminiscence and oral functionality abilities that have been on the center of the oral culture.

In every one bankruptcy Lentz illustrates the significance of the oral culture of robust reminiscence and powerful oral supply in a given context, from the divine proposal of the rhapsode to the significance of face-to-face interplay in Platonic dialectic. The contexts contain using written and oral facts within the legislations courts to the presence of either traditions within the philosophical works of Plato.

The ensuing view of orality and literacy in Greece indicates an extended interplay among the 2 media, carrying on with during the Hellenic interval. He exhibits that either traditions performed very important roles within the highbrow flowering of the age: whereas literacy is a demand for the fundamental recipe for Western tradition, it's not the single factor. Lentz argues that the main to a number of the most fun cultural advancements of the Greek international used to be the connection among written and oral modes of concept and communication.

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