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By Jason König,Katerina Oikonomopoulou,Greg Woolf

The move of books used to be the motor of classical civilization. yet books have been either pricey and infrequent, and so libraries – deepest and public, royal and civic – performed key roles in articulating highbrow lifestyles. This assortment, written by means of a world workforce of students, offers a basic reassessment of ways historical libraries got here into being, how they have been geared up and the way they have been used. Drawing on papyrology and archaeology, and on money owed written by way of those that learn and wrote in them, it offers new examine on studying cultures, on e-book gathering and at the origins of huge library constructions. some of the conventional tales instructed approximately historical libraries are challenged. Few have been relatively huge, immense, none have been designed as study centres, and coffee conflagrations don't clarify the lack of such a lot old texts. however the critical position of libraries in Greco-Roman tradition emerges extra in actual fact than ever.

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