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This front matter section of the book titled Sacred Words: Orality, Literacy and Religion contain the table of contents, a note on contributors and the preface. The book covers five areas of study: Greek literature, Greek law, Greek and Roman religious texts, Roman literature and Early Christian literature. Oral and written communications existed side by side and interacted intermittently in Greek polis religion and in the religions and philosophies of the late Roman Empire. The appreciation of oral and written forms in the religious life of the Greeks and Romans had less to do with the kinds of religion they practised than with the differing effects they ascribed to these modes of communication.

Keywords: Early Christian literature; orality; religion; Roman Empire; written communication



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