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February 6, 2008

El 336 - Havelock - Chp 9

Inscribed on parchment or papyrus, the new writings contain the first texts of what we call great literature- but which the Greeks of the time naturally regarded as a continuation of that oral practice which was expected incidentally to proved didactic guidance for their culture." (pg 88)

I find this passage ironic because the Greeks did not know that what they were doing was going to effect history. They thought that printing on parchment was just going to continue their tradition of oral culture, not upgrade it. It is funny how things work out, yet it makes me wonder. What if our age of technology, the internet, blogs, online newspapers, etc is just a continuation to something more groundbreaking. As far as anyone is concerned the internet is just another upgrading of oral communication. When it comes to print/ oral communication becoming more advanced, it seem like both keep up at a pretty even pace in our society today and will probably keep that way.

Posted by RachelPrichard at February 6, 2008 12:43 AM


I agree. But what comes next? That answer lies in the future. When something becomes worn out or boring, something new is created from the foundation of the old model.

Posted by: Jeremy Barrick at February 6, 2008 9:51 PM

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