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A Brief Orientation

Andrew M. Riggsby

in Mosaics of Knowledge

Published in print November 2019 | ISBN: 9780190632502
Published online August 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190632533 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190632502.003.0001

Series: Classical Culture and Society

A Brief Orientation

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This book investigates information technologies in the classical Roman world—their invention, diffusion, and use, and the interactions among those processes. The focus is on conceptual developments—e.g., “mapping,” “weighing,” “listing”—rather than material ones—e.g., “codex,” “abacus.” (Within the area covered, however, the interaction of concepts with the materiality of their actual uses will be a recurring theme.) It also focuses principally on “high” technologies rather than, say, literacy or numeracy in general. Perhaps paradoxically, this will end up setting the book against most work...

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Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology ; Classical History ; European History

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