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date: 15 October 2019

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This article points out that many Greek texts were conceived as scripts for performance, rather than as literature designed for readers. Even the Greek alphabet, the first alphabetic script that recorded both vowels and consonants, and hence a crucial development towards the current literate culture, probably developed as it did out of a desire to reproduce as accurately as possible oral delivery. There is a link between performance and orality, matching the obvious link between text and literacy. The discussion considers these matching links.

Keywords: performance scripts, Greek literature, Greek alphabet, literate culture, oral delivery

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