AUTHORSHIP IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE AND ITS BEARING ON NEW TESTAMENT AND EARLY CHRISTIAN TEXTS AND CONTEXTS

Pieter JJ Botha

Abstract


‘Authorship’ in Greco-Roman times must be understood as an interpretive, cultural
construct. Writing activities were collective and participatory, and ranged, depending
on the location and period, from courtiership to editorial, translation and facilitation
work to entertainment to legal practice to education, embedded in pre-print contexts
without the judicial and social institution of copyright. Whatever it was that ancient
authors did when they wrote down and diffused thought, ‘authorship’ in antiquity
must not be seen along the lines of modern, romanticist projections of the solitary,
brilliant individual.

Keywords


Author, Authorship, Literary Activity, Roman Literature, Greco-Roman Background, Book History, Writing, Scribal Culture

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/102-0-610

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