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By Jason König,Katerina Oikonomopoulou,Greg Woolf

The stream of books was once the motor of classical civilization. yet books have been either pricey and infrequent, and so libraries – inner most and public, royal and civic – performed key roles in articulating highbrow lifestyles. This assortment, written through a world crew of students, offers a primary reassessment of the way historic libraries got here into being, how they have been prepared and the way they have been used. Drawing on papyrology and archaeology, and on bills written by means of those that learn and wrote in them, it offers new examine on interpreting cultures, on e-book gathering and at the origins of enormous library structures. the various conventional tales advised approximately historic libraries are challenged. Few have been quite huge, immense, none have been designed as learn centres, and low conflagrations don't clarify the lack of so much historical texts. however the principal position of libraries in Greco-Roman tradition emerges extra basically than ever.

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