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Moreover, since passages could easily be corrected or rewritten on them, pinakes were suitable also for literary drafts. g. Dion. , De comp. verb. 25; see also Diog. Laer. , Inst. orat. 64). We cannot establish the reliability of such references, even though, for the Imperial age, there are iconographic representations of people taking notes on tablets during the lecture of a philosopher32 or in similar contexts. 4. Metal, Leather, Ostraka As we have said, since the Archaic age Greeks also wrote on materials not expressly intended for letters.

Dorandi, T. 2007. Nell’officina dei classici. Come lavoravano gli autori antichi. Rome. Dover, K. J. 1968. Lysias and the Corpus Lysiacum. Berkeley, CA. Driver, G. R. 1976. Semitic Writing from Pictograph to Alphabet. London. Fantuzzi, M. and R. L. Hunter. 2004. Tradition and innovation in Hellenistic poetry. Cambridge. Ferreri, L. 2002. “La biblioteca del tiranno. ” Quaderni di storia 56: 5–47. Forsdyke, S. 2005. Exile, Ostracism, and Democracy. Princeton, NJ. ‐L. 1999. Hellénisme dans l’Égypte du VIe siècle.

Even as performance continues to play a major role in the production of literary texts during all periods of Greek history, starting with the Hellenistic age, writers and poets perceive bookrolls not just as a tool for storing texts, but as the natural vehicle for the diffusion of literary compositions, a vehicle that allowed texts to be read by many more people, and in contexts very different from those they were composed for. At the same time, authors could no longer personally manage the integrity of their works, watching every step of their diffusion, as in the previous age.

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