dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #747

Chris R sfa_ok2001 at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Nov 13 04:29:29 EST 2003


> Chris R wrote:
>
> > I've heard it of Julius Caesar - I don't know how true
> > it is. But Roman literature was written to be read out
> > loud to an audience as much as to oneself, and it's
> > thought that when people read to themselves, it was
> > with lips moving.
>
Otter:
> Well, I've done my reply on this - St. Ambrose -
> but Roman literature was written without punctuation
> or spaces between words, and it must have been quite
> difficult to read to oneself without moving ones lips.

Not to mention the extremely flexible word order in poetry - and Classical
prose's habit of leaving the most important bits until the end of a
sentence. I'm surprised they ever read at all, sometimes... *g*

Chris

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