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Orality and Performance in Classical Attic Prose: A Linguistic Approach

Alessandro Vatri


Is there a linguistic difference between classical Greek prose texts meant for oral delivery in public and those meant for written circulation and private reception? This difficult question is recurrently raised by literary scholars and cultural historians of the ancient world, and this book discusses first of all its legitimacy by defining what such slippery notions as ‘orality’ and ‘oral performance’ mean in the context of classical Athens, by reconstructing the situations in which the extant prose texts were meant to be received, and by explaining on which grounds we may expect linguistic f ... More

Keywords: orality, oral language, difficulty, oral performance, clarity, obscurity, Attic prose, written texts, psycholinguistics, stylistics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198795902
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alessandro Vatri, author
Research Assistant in Comparative Philology and Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford