Basil the Macedonian illiterate?

Mar 2018
95
Almaty, Kazakhstan
I've heard from this one video on Youtube (Thersites the Historian) that Basil I might have been illiterate.

How true is this and what were the chances of him being illiterate?
 

Kirialax

Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
4,903
Blachernai
How do you define literacy? Is it enough to be able to write your name? Or read, say, the Gospel of Mark? Or do you need to be able to appreciate high-brow literature in a written form? Does literacy matter that much in an oral culture?
 
May 2017
223
Monterrey
How do you define literacy? Is it enough to be able to write your name? Or read, say, the Gospel of Mark? Or do you need to be able to appreciate high-brow literature in a written form? Does literacy matter that much in an oral culture?
Off-topic, but which one produces more "garbage culture": illiterate or literate cultures? I would assume that in oral tradition you would only remember and repeat the good stories. Whereas currently when everyone can publish a book in Amazon you have endless amounts of unreadable nonsense; or best selling nonsense.