Libri 1993: vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 271-288 Printed in Denmark -- all rights reserved Copyright © Munksgaard 1993 /+ ISSN 0024-2667 iibri KATHRYN PAYNE The manner in which Information was collected and transmitted in Classical Greece was a function of the change from a predominantly oral to a more literate culture. The earliest stages of this transition are seen in Homer. The epic poems attributed to him, the Iliad and the Odyssey, collected, and passed on Information about Mycenaean Greece, Information derived from a tradition of oral literature. The poems were written down sometime between the 8th and 6th centuries B.C., and so later transmission was literary. Herodotus represents a period in Classical Greece when writing is well established, but the old oral culture is still strong. In his Histories, he indicates he used both oral reports and written sources such äs archives. The Histories were composed in writing, but intended for public recitation. Theophrastus and Alexander the Great both lived in a period when writing was fully established and widespread oral culture was waning. Theophrastus used oral reports from informants, but also written sources. His works were written down and used for lecture notes. Alexander's Information
Libri - International Journal of Libraries and Information Services – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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