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Lector
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[German version]

(‘reader’). Especially the letters of Pliny the Younger illustrate the custom of culturally enriching the mealtimes with - next to comoedi and lyristae (Plin. Ep. 1,15,2; 9,17,3; 36,4) - lectores (Nep. Att. 14,1; Gell. NA 3,19,1: servus assistens mensae eius - sc. Favorini - legere inceptabat ‘a slave, who stood by his - Favorinus' - table, began to read’), and its exceptional use as preparation for excerption, as in the case of Pliny the Older in Plin. Ep. 3,5,11f. (super hanc - sc. cenam - liber legebatur, adnotabatur ‘a book was read at the table, Pliny took note…

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Schmidt, Peter L. (Constance), “Lector”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e633380>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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