Condensing texts – condensed texts

Condensing texts – condensed texts

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Abbreviating, excerpting and epitomising is a complex intellectual process. Throughout antiquity, both producers and users of texts relied on abridgements and compilations to manage the store of knowledge. Different formats – like epitome, excerpt, florilegium, anthology, gnomologion – flourished from the classical period onward.

This collection looks at the changing socioliterary conditions that created a need for these accessible formats, and investigates the literary and learning mechanisms that were deployed to create condensed texts, across generic and thematic boundaries.

In 26 studies, these processes are described and analysed in different fields of literature and specialist knowledge.

"Die Lektüre im breitgefächerten Gebiet ist anregend und ermutigt durch die weiterführenden Sonderbibliographien zur intensiveren Bestellung eines fruchtbaren Forschungsfeldes."

Margarethe Billerbeck, Museum Helveticum. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für klassische Altertumswissenschaft 68, 2011/2
Volume 98
ISBN 978-3-515-09395-8
Media type Book - Hardcover
Edition number 1.
Copyright year 2010
Publisher Franz Steiner Verlag
Length X, 764 pages
Illustrations 8 b/w tables
Size 17.0 x 24.0 cm
Language German, English, French