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Literature and Communication

Charles W. Hedrick

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195188004.013.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Literature and Communication

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This article takes a look at the social functions of literature in Rome. It begins with a discussion of Vergil, who has been considered as the chief poet of Rome. It then looks at the conditions of literary production and circulation, and contrasts the social functions of literature in antiquity with its functions in the modern, nationalist environment. The last section of the article presents a summary appraisal of the social context of the consumption of literature in the ancient Roman Empire.

Keywords: literature; Vergil; poet; literary production; literary circulation; consumption

Article.  11656 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History ; Classical Drama

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