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Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and Their Management in Antiquity

George W. Houston

Abstract

Libraries of the ancient world have long held a space in the public imagination. The library at Alexandria, even during antiquity, was nearly legendary. Until now there has been relatively little research done to learn what was inside these libraries, who wrote the book rolls, who maintained and protected the holdings, and how those ancient collections came to be. This book examines the complex world of ancient libraries, from Greece, Italy, and Egypt, spanning four centuries from Cicero to Constantine. This study of early book collections illuminates the material culture of ancient writing al ... More

Keywords: libraries, ancient world, material culture, ancient writing, intellectual world, curators, book rolls, book collections

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469617800
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617800.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George W. Houston, author
University of North Carolina