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I'm wondering, does anyone have any good/reliable resources (preferably online) or can anyone give me a brief run-down of what female literacy rates were like within the classical world (central and peripheral) among Roman citizens from about the 1st to the 3rd centuries A.D.? What percentage of women, and, indeed, what type of women were literate? Concerning the women who were literate, how literate did they to / could they be?; was the reading level very basic or did some (or many?) read critically?
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From:vonjunzt
Date:August 22nd, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
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Interesting questions. Poking around, I found this article which might be a good starting place: Women's Education and Public Speech in Antiquity.
From:alasthai
Date:August 22nd, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
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While that article has a good list of primary sources, I find it quite bizarre in its referencing primary and secondary materials as if they are of equal value...
From:alasthai
Date:August 22nd, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
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How could we attain accurate indications of such rates? We would have to know the precise representativity of our extant body of texts.
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