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This front matter section of the book Politics of Orality: (Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece, Vol. 6) contains the table of contents, preface, and a list of names on notes on contributors. In a literate culture traditions become authenticated by being written down and fixed in writing. In a predominately oral culture like Cree, where individuals grow up with storytelling, traditions preserved in stories are authenticated aurally. In Athens writing was used to manipulate myth for political ends. Athens’ own position in the Iliad “was strengthened when the oral text was standardized”.

Keywords: Ancient Greece; literate culture traditions; politics of orality



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