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Better Late than Illiterate

It is estimated that in the first century after Christ only around 20% of people could read and write. Today that percentage has radically improved to where approximately 83% of men and women in the world are able to read and write. In the USA and the UK the percentage reaches to 99%, while in […]

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Literacy in the Ancient World

A while back a friend and I were discussing literacy in the ancient world. We were entertaining questions such as, two thousand years ago, how many people could read? Could write? Owned books? I never was able to find an answer online, or even a guess. Well, last weekend while on the TGV to Paris […]

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