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date: 19 August 2022

patronage, ancient 

The Oxford Companion to the Book

The evidence for the production, circulation, and readership of books in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds is scattered, often unreliable, and skewed because it is available mostly for only a few periods and persons. It is impossible to generalize from conditions in Greece to Rome, nor from particular examples (e.g. Cicero and Atticus) to other writers. Above all, it is important to recall that ancient books differed in many ways from early modern printed books, and that modern terms, such as ‘publishing’ or ‘book trade’ (or even ‘book’), cannot be used without carefully considering what meanings to assign to these practices and artefacts in antiquity. There was no real equivalent to ‘publishing’ in ancient Greece and Rome (... ...

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