A significant other to Greek Literature offers a entire advent to the wide variety of texts and literary varieties produced within the Greek language over the process a millennium starting from the sixth century BCE as much as the early years of the Byzantine Empire.
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• deals finished assurance of the various genres and literary varieties produced by means of the traditional Greeks--including epic and lyric poetry, oratory, historiography, biography, philosophy, the unconventional, and technical literature
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We cannot say, nor is this surprising, if we consider the divergences among scholars on the date of the introduction of alphabetic writing to Greece. What we can reasonably suppose is that different techniques of composition coexisted for a long period. Rhapsodes able to improvise epic verses were active for the entire Archaic age37 and are still attested in Plato’s epoch, as with Ion, whose skills are debated in the dialogue named for him (Boyd 1994). The divine inspiration that governed their poetry did not require the use of writing, which would have impeded the kind of performances they were used to.
33 and 283. Petit 1956, part. 488–90. , In Hipp. Epid. VI comment. 2), pp. 5; 118; 207. Dorandi 2007, 66–70. 51 Cavallo 2005, 129–49; Dorandi 2007, 65–81. 52 Gold 1987; Grafton and Williams 2006, 46–85. 53 Cf. Schenker, this volume ch. 20, pp. 315–6; Hose ch. 21, pp. 331–4. 54 Guarducci 1929; Bouvier 1985; Cameron 1995, 47–53. 16 24 Lucio Del Corso Kolde 2003. Suppl. Hell. 5–6 Austin and Bastianini 2002. 57 Fournet 1999. 58 Lib. , pp. 8–11 Kühn XIX = 135–6 Boudon‐Millot 2007. g. Diod. Sic. , praef.
Rolls and later codices were for many centuries the technologies employed by the Greeks to preserve written works in their final (or almost final) shape, such as those kept in private and public libraries, or filed in archives. But daily life also required the production of a number of ephemeral texts, not intended for preservation. For them, sheets or strips of papyrus (or even parchment) could be used, but usually other writing materials were preferred, such as wooden writing tablets, pottery sherds (ostraka), lead, gold or even bones.