Eric A. Havelock, Jackson P. Hershbell (eds.): Communication Arts in the Ancient World (1978)

2 June 2020, dusan

A collection of ancient studies “devoted to exploring the beginnings of literacy in ancient Greece and Rome, and the effects of writing on these cultures.”

Publisher Hastings House, New York, 1978
ISBN 0803812523, 9780803812529
xiv+162 pages

Review: H. Curtis Wright (Journal of Library History, 1980).


PDF (19 MB)

Eric A. Havelock: The Muse Learns to Write: Reflections on Orality and Literacy from Antiquity to the Present (1986–) [EN, ES]

15 August 2016, dusan

“When oral culture becomes literate, in what way does human consciousness itself change? And how does the new form of communication affect the content and meaning of texts? In this book, one of the most original and penetrating thinkers in Greek studies describes the transformation from orality to literacy in classical times and reflects upon its continued meaning for us today.”

Publisher Yale University Press, 1986
ISBN 0300037414, 9780300037418
144 pages
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Reviews: Richard Leo Enos (Rhetoric Society Quarterly 1987), T. J. Winnifrith (Classical Review 1988), Elizabeth Duke (Phil & Lit 1990), J.M. Foley (Choice, n.d.).


The Muse Learns to Write (English, 8 MB)
La musa aprende e escribir (Spanish, trans. Luis Bredlow Wenda, 1996, 3 MB)

Elizabeth L. Eisenstein: The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early-Modern Europe (1979)

12 June 2014, dusan

“A key text to understand the role of print on social change and the arts. Professor Eisenstein begins by examining the general implications of the shift from script to print, and goes on to examine its part in three of the major movements of early modern times – the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the rise of modern science. Her masterful and well researched text sets a standard for understanding the social impact of printing.”

Publisher Cambridge University Press, 1979
11th printing, 2005
ISBN 052129951, 9780521299558
794 pages
HT Didgebaba

Review (Carolyn Marvin, Technology and Culture, 1979)
Review (Anthony T. Grafton, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 1980)
Review (Eric J. Freeman, Medical History, 1981)
Review (Eric J. Leed, American Journal of Sociology, 1982)
Review (History of European Ideas, Richard Teichgraeber, 1984)


PDF (16 MB)