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Ancient libraries

Author: Jason König; Aikaterini Oikonomopoulou; Greg Woolf
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
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"The circulation of books was the motor of classical civilization. But books were both expensive and rare, and so libraries - private and public, royal and civic - played key roles in articulating intellectual life. This collection, written by an international team of scholars, presents a fundamental reassessment of how ancient libraries came into being, how they were organized, and how they were used. Drawing on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jason König; Aikaterini Oikonomopoulou; Greg Woolf
ISBN: 9781107012561 1107012562
OCLC Number: 808009203
Description: xx, 479 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Libraries in ancient Egypt / Kim Ryholt --
2. Reading the libraries of Assyria and Babylonia /Eleanor Robson --
3. Fragments of a history of ancient libraries / Christian Jacob --
4. Men and books in fourth-century BC Athens / Massimo Pinto --
5. From text to text: the impact of the Alexandrian Library on the work of Hellenistic poets / Annette Harder --
6. Where was the Royal Library of Pergamon? An institution found and lost again / Gaelle Coqueugniot --
7. Priests, patrons and playwrights: libraries in Rome before 168 BC / Mike Affleck --
8. Libraries in a Greek working life: Dionysius of Halicarnassus, a case study in Rome / Daniel Hogg --
9. Libraries and intellectual debate in the Late Republic: the case of the Aristotelian corpus / Fabio Tutrone --
10. Ashes to ashes? The Library of Alexandria after 48 BC / Myrto Hatzimichali --
11. The non-Philodemus book collection in the Villa of the Papyri / George W. Houston --
12. 'Beware of promising your library to anyone': assembling a private library at Rome / T. Keith Dix --
13. Libraries for the Caesars / Ewen Bowie --
14. Roman libraries in the city of Rome / Matthew Nicholls --
15. Flavian libraries in the city of Rome/ Pier Luigi Tucci --
16. Archives, books and sacred space in Rome / Richard Neudecker --
17. Visual supplementation and metonymy in the Roman public library / David Petrain --
18. Libraries and reading culture in the High Empire / William A. Johnson --
19. Myth and history: Galen and the Alexandrian library / Michael W. Handis --
20. Libraries and paideia in the Second Sophistic: Galen and Plutarch / Alexei V. Zadorojnyi --
21. The professional and his books: special libraries in the Roman world / Victor Martínez and Megan Finn Senseney
Responsibility: edited by Jason König, Katerina Oikonomopoulou, Greg Woolf.
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The libraries of the ancient world were completely unlike those we know today. This book explores and explains those differences.  Read more...

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