Notes in Ancient Speeches

Gryllus Maior

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Related to the idea of literacy and gospel preaching:


Here are Pliny's actual words:

Nam et Celsus Nepoti ex libello respondit et Celso Nepos ex pugillaribus.

The blog writer gets the cases wrong, libello and pugillaribus are not dative, but ablative (the object of "ex").

But he's right -- we can't prove that ancient preachers used notes but the fact that it was part of the culture means that it's at least in the realm of possibility.
 
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