Constructing Elite Reading Communities in the High Empire


Book Section (Chapter)

© 2009 by Oxford University Press, Inc. All rights reserved. This chapter takes Aulus Gellius's work entitled Attic Nights as an illustrative example to present a methodology for exposing the sociology of certain types of reading events and how a reading community makes use of texts. Attic Nights is composed of 400 short essays on miscellaneous topics and varies in narrative aims and strategies. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the ideological components and ways of using texts for different types of reading events.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Johnson, WA

Published Date

  • 2009

Book Title

  • Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780195340150

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199793983.003.0013