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Libraries in the ancient world

Author: Lionel Casson
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale Nota Bene, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book tells the story of ancient libraries from their very beginnings, when "books" were clay tablets and writing was a new phenomenon. Renowned classicist Lionel Casson takes us on a lively tour, from the royal libraries of the most ancient Near East, through the private and public libraries of Greece and Rome, down to the first Christian monastic libraries. To the founders of the first public libraries of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lionel Casson
ISBN: 0300097212 9780300097214
OCLC Number: 50017995
Notes: Originally published: 2001.
Description: 192 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 20 cm
Contents: The beginnings : the ancient Near East --
The beginnings : Greece --
The library of Alexandria --
The growth of libraries --
The beginnings : Rome --
Libraries of the Roman Empire : the city of Rome --
Libraries of the Roman Empire : outside the city of Rome --
From roll to codex --
Toward the Middle Ages.
Responsibility: Lionel Casson.

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