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By Jason König,Katerina Oikonomopoulou,Greg Woolf

ISBN-10: 1107012562

ISBN-13: 9781107012561

ISBN-10: 1316628841

ISBN-13: 9781316628843

The stream of books used to be the motor of classical civilization. yet books have been either dear and infrequent, and so libraries – inner most and public, royal and civic – performed key roles in articulating highbrow existence. This assortment, written by means of a world group of students, offers a primary reassessment of ways historic libraries got here into being, how they have been equipped and the way they have been used. Drawing on papyrology and archaeology, and on bills written through those that learn and wrote in them, it offers new learn on examining cultures, on ebook accumulating and at the origins of huge library constructions. a few of the conventional tales instructed approximately historic libraries are challenged. Few have been fairly huge, immense, none have been designed as study centres, and coffee conflagrations don't clarify the lack of so much old texts. however the significant position of libraries in Greco-Roman tradition emerges extra sincerely than ever.

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