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Classical Civilization
CLCV 1002
Roger Blockley

thCLCV 1002A Nov 13 Notes The Peloponnesian War Homer wrote epic poems narrative poetry epics were aristocratic great deeds done by great menformulized retelling told and retold on special occasionsused to affirm the position of the aristocracy and military casts and to provide a history of the society originally in oral form only written down later Alphabet in larger towns at least it could be assumed that there were a considerable amount of people who could read because laws were written down and posted in public places for the people to see Emergence of Prosebrings more flexibility enables people other than bards to record ideas allows the spreading and mixing of ideas translation fertilization information retrieval was difficult though everything written in scrolls so no index to tell you what page certain information was on had to read through entire scroll until you found what you were looking for literacy in anything other than its basics wasreserved for those with significant resources counting came before reading in education Tragedies made in honour of Dionysus Lyric Poetry frequently dealt with great deeds Technical Literature just at beginning was an explosion during the Hellenistic period Spartan citizens werent educated were educated in physical capacities both men and women
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