A Civilization advance.
Writing was a powerful new tool for the advancement of knowledge, but, like all tools, it was only useful when employed. Where only priests and scribes were literate, all others had to share knowledge the slow way, through face to face contact. Where a high percentage of the population was literate, the economy benefited and the advancement of knowledge accelerated.
Prerequisites: Writing and Code of Laws.
Allows for: The Republic, Invention, and Philosophy.

Lit"er*a*cy (?), n.

State of being literate.

 

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