Writing and Power in the Roman World

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Cambridge University Press, 2018 - 268 pages
In this book, Hella Eckardt offers new insights into literacy in the Roman world by examining the tools that enabled writing, such as inkwells, styli and tablets. Literacy was an important skill in the ancient world and power could be and often was, exercised through texts. Eckardt explores how writing equipment shaped practices such as posture and handwriting and her careful analysis of burial data shows considerable numbers of women and children interred with writing equipment, notably inkwells, in an effort to display status as well as age and gender. The volume offers a comprehensive review of recent approaches to literacy during Roman antiquity and adds a distinctive material turn to our understanding of this crucial skill and the embodied practices of its use. At the heart of this study lies the nature of the relationship between the material culture of writing and socio-cultural identities in the Roman period.
 

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Typological Discussion
77
Related Forms
98
A PRACTICE TUIRN THINKING ABOUT INKWELL USE
110
THE SPATIAL AND SOCIAL DISTRIBUTION OF INKWELLS
118
Who Used Inkwells? Context Level Analysis
133
Inkwells from Childrens Graves
182
LITERACY THE BODY AND ELITE
196
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Hella Eckardt teaches provincial Roman archaeology and material culture studies at the University of Reading. Her research focuses on theoretical approaches to the material culture of the north-western provinces and on questions of mobility and migration. She is particularly interested in the relationship between the use of Roman objects and the expression of social and cultural identities, and has published on lighting equipment in Illuminating Roman Britain (2002), objects associated with grooming and personal adornment in Styling the Body in Late Iron Age and Roman Britain: A Contextual Approach to Toilet Instruments (2008) and material culture from Britain generally in her book, Objects and Identity: Roman Britain and the North-Western Provinces (2015).

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