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Agenda Item: "It is a profound mistake to measure Greek "literary" accomplishment in terms of standards assumed for modern literacy." - Havelock, pg 126.

Duh! Of course we cannot use the same standards today to judge something that was in existence so many years ago. We need to use old traditions in order to examine new ones, not the other way around. It would be unfair to compare our literary accomplishments, which we measure using books to those of the Greeks which use oral culture as a primary way of transferring information. Although I find oral culture hard to relate to I do not choose to dismiss it.

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