• Publica aut peri! The Releasing and Distribution of Roman Books

    Author(s):
    Jon Wikene Iddeng (see profile)
    Date:
    2007
    Subject(s):
    History, Ancient, Romans, Latin literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    book history, publishing, pliny, Ancient history, Ancient Roman, Classical studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6HF9P
    Abstract:
    This outline of our knowledge of the process of releasing literature in late republican and early imperial Rome addresses the nature of the recitations, the question of ‘publishing’ and distribution of books, from Atticus to Pliny the Younger. Although recognising that the distribution of Roman literature to a large extent consisted of private copying and exchange, I argue for the existence of a ‘book industry’ consisting of low-status craftsmen and traders editing and reproducing books for a commercial market.
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