News and Society in the Greek Polis (Studies in the History of Greece and Rome) pdf epub fb2

News and Society in the Greek Polis (Studies in the History of Greece and Rome) by Sian Lewis pdf epub fb2

News and Society in the Greek Polis (Studies in the History of Greece and Rome) Author: Sian Lewis
Title: News and Society in the Greek Polis (Studies in the History of Greece and Rome)
ISBN: 080784621X
ISBN13: 978-0807846216
Other Formats: lit lrf doc txt
Pages: 206 pages
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; New edition edition (September 23, 1996)
Language: English
Category: History
Size PDF version: 1606 kb
Size EPUB version: 1715 kb
Subcategory: Ancient Civilizations




Sian Lewis explores the role of news and information in shaping Greek society from the sixth to the fourth centuries, b.c. Applying ideas from the study of modern media to her analysis of the functions of gossip, travel, messengers, inscriptions, and institutions in the polis, she demonstrates that news was a vital concern for the ancient Greeks. Specifically, the acquisition and exchange of information played a key role in determining status and power. Proceeding from a discussion of individual citizens involved in the exchange of news to an account of more complex forms of communication organized by the polis, Lewis traces the role of what we call news in a culture that was primarily oral. She contrasts the informal exchanges that occurred among travelers and merchants with the official announcements made by heralds and envoys. She also analyzes the motives behind such official announcements and the ways in which the authorities exerted control over the flow of information. Finally, she reconsiders the role of the political assembly and the origins of the public inscription, which has until now been assumed to have been the primary source of news for Greek citizens. Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada or in Europe