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Material Aspects of Reading in Ancient and Medieval Cultures. Materiality, Presence and Performance

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISSN: 2198-6932 ISBN: 9783110639247 Year: Volume: 26 Pages: 273 DOI: 10.1515/9783110639247 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: History
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This publication seeks to endeavour the relationship between material artefacts and reading practices in ancient and medieval cultures.While the acts of reception of written artefacts in former times are irretrievably lost, some of the involved artefacts are preserved and might comprise hints to the ancient reading practices. In form of case studies, the contributions to this volume examine various forms of written artefacts as to their implications on modes of reading. Analyzing different Qumran scrolls, codices, Tefillin, Mezuzot, magical texts, tablets, bricks, and statues as well as meta-textual and iconographic aspects, the articles inquire the possibilities of how to correlate material aspects to assumed modes of reception and practices of reading. The contributions stem from Egyptology, Papyrology, Qumran Studies, Biblical Studies, Jewish Studies, Ancient Christianity, and Islamic Studies.In total, this volume contributes to the research on practices of reception in times past and demonstrates the potential hidden in text-bearing artefacts.

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Materiality --- Reading

Materiale Textkulturen. Konzepte-Materialien-Praktiken

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISSN: 2198-6932 ISBN: 9783110371291 9783110425277 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 746 DOI: 10.1515/9783110371291 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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How does one define and explore the “material presence of the written in non-typographical cultures?” The interdisciplinary and collaborative essays in this handbook present theoretical principles, describe text-bearing materials and objects, and investigate the diverse practices related to text-bearing artifacts. The analysis is illustrated with examples drawn from a period of over 4,500 years.

Materiality of Writing in Early Mesopotamia

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISSN: 2198-6940 ISBN: 9783110459630 9783110459821 Year: Volume: 13 Pages: vi, 301 DOI: 10.1515/9783110459630 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: History
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This volume presents recent research on the relationship between the material format of text-bearing artefacts, the texts they carry, and their genre. The essays cover a vast period, from the counting stones of the late 4th millennium BCE to the time of the Great Hittite Kingdom in the 2nd millennium BCE. The breadth of substantive focus allows new insights of relevance to scholars in both Ancient Middle Eastern studies and the humanities.

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Materiality --- writing --- text --- Mesopotamia

Metatexte. Erzählungen von schrifttragenden Artefakten in der alttestamentlichen und mittelalterlichen Literatur

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISSN: 2198-6940 ISBN: 9783110417944 9783110425321 Year: Volume: 15 Pages: viii, 380 DOI: 10.1515/9783110417944 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures --- History --- Religion --- The Bible
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Texts of the Old Testament and the literature of the European Middle Ages feature a number of narratives about objects on which something is written. In this volume, scholars from the fields of Old Testament studies, Jewish studies, and medieval literary studies examine approaches for analyzing such stories and their narrating and narrated objects.

Schreiben auf statuarischen Monumenten. Aspekte materialer Textkultur in archaischer und frühklassischer Zeit

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISSN: 2198-6932 ISBN: 9783110645422 Year: Volume: 29 Pages: 256 DOI: 10.1515/9783110645422 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: History
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Considering Greek statue inscriptions from the archaic and early classical periods, this book emphasizes inscription practices without losing sight of issues of semantics. The analysis focuses on the layout and graphical or ornamental features of the inscriptions. With this approach, for the first time questions of aesthetics and materiality, which were previously examined only for the statues themselves, are also brought to their inscriptions.

Erscheinungsformen und Handhabungen Heiliger Schriften

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISSN: 2198-6940 ISBN: 9783110371277 9783110412598 Year: Volume: 5 Pages: vii, 349 DOI: 10.1515/9783110371277 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Religion
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This study focuses on Holy Scriptures as material objects. What are the contexts for the appearances and the usages of these objects? Is there a difference between Holy Scriptures and other objects, and is it inevitably their sacred content that renders them holy? Interdisciplinary perspectives offer new incentives for understanding the material phenomenon of the ‘Holy Scriptures’.

Communication and Materiality. Written and Unwritten Communication in Pre-Modern Societies

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISSN: 2198-6932 ISBN: 9783110371758 9783110413007 Year: Volume: 8 Pages: iv, 133 DOI: 10.1515/9783110371758 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: History --- Archaeology
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This volume reconsiders literacy and communication in pre-modern societies, focusing especially on how material form affects the way textual artefacts are understood and interpreted. By bringing together scholars from diverse disciplines such as archaeology, medieval studies, and Islamic studies, this volume provides the specialist and non-specialist with insights on how humans express themselves through writing and material culture.

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISSN: 21986932 ISBN: 9783110641042 Year: Volume: 27 Pages: 376 DOI: 10.1515/9783110641042 Language: German
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The everyday use of texts in the ancient world relates in many ways to contemporary practice. Besides inscribed artifacts, the self-reflection of Greek and Roman authors demonstrate an awareness of the importance of materiality. This book presents sixteen interdisciplinary studies of specific cases that illuminate this complex interaction between material presence, media semantics, and literary reflection.

Materialität und Präsenz spätantiker Inschriften

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISBN: 9783110633566 9783110633825 9783110633276 Year: Volume: 25 Pages: 430 DOI: 10.1515/9783110633825 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Archaeology --- History --- Languages and Literatures
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That inscriptions are not only texts but also material objects of specific materiality and presence is one of the recent central insights of ancient epigraphy. This understanding is applied here for the first time systematically, across different regions and over an entire epoch, by examining the change in the inscriptions culture in late antiquity with a view of the Italian peninsula.

Schriftträger - Textträger. Zur materialen Präsenz des Geschriebenen in frühen Gesellschaften

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Book Series: Materiale Textkulturen ISSN: 2198-6940 ISBN: 9783110371345 9783110412970 Year: Volume: 6 Pages: viii, 274 DOI: 10.1515/9783110371345 Language: German
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This volume seeks to explore new interpretive approaches to textual sources from past cultures that emphasize their materiality and praxeology. The focus of inquiry is on the relationship between the text and its material carriers and on the influence of material forms on the creation, presence, and reception of what is written.

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