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See also African literature#Oral literature OratoryOratory or the art of public speaking “was for long considered a literary art”.[3] From Ancient Greece to the late 19th century, rhetoric played a central role in Western education in training orators, lawyers, counselors, historians, statesmen, and poets.[28][note 1] WritingFurther information: History of writing Limestone Kish tablet from Sumer …

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The earliest known Greek writings are Mycenaean (c.1600–1100 BC), written in the Linear B syllabary on clay tablets. These documents contain prosaic records largely concerned with trade (lists, inventories, receipts, etc.); no real literature has been discovered.[50][51] Michael Ventris and John Chadwick, the original decipherers of Linear B, state that literature almost certainly existed in …

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transmission of folklore, mythologies as well as scriptures in ancient India, in different Indian religions, was by oral tradition, preserved with precision with the help of elaborate mnemonic techniques.[17 The early Buddhist texts are also generally believed to be of oral tradition, with the first by comparing inconsistencies in the transmitted versions of literature from …

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Oral literature is an ancient human tradition found in “all corners of the world”.[15] Modern archaeology has been unveiling evidence of the human efforts to preserve and transmit arts and knowledge that depended completely or partially on an oral tradition, across various cultures: The Judeo-Christian Bible reveals its oral traditional roots; medieval European manuscripts are …

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