Professor Jack examines the prehistory of reading as well as the early attitudes to reading in the ancient world: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/ancient-reading-in-an-historical-context
This lecture will explore the varying ways in which people have read across time. When the move to 'silent reading' - as opposed to reading out loud to oneself - took place is debated but the shift to the entirely private business of 'silent reading' is a crucial one. Did educated nuns or Byzantine princesses read differently from their male counterparts?
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/ancient-reading-in-an-historical-context
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