aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Roman authors had a lot in common with today’s writers

“My book is thumbed by our soldiers posted overseas, and even in Britain people quote my words. What’s the point? I don’t make a penny from it.”

An author complaining about illegal e-books? No, a first century Roman poet.

Readings were popular back then, and had some of the same problems. “Pliny, writing in the early second century A.D., complained that in Rome “there was scarcely a day in April when someone wasn’t giving a reading,” and that the poor authors had to put up with small audiences, most of whom slipped out before the end anyway.”

Click here to read more about what we have in common with first-century Rome - and what we don’t..

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