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Inside Roman LibrariesBook Collections and Their Management in Antiquity$
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George W. Houston

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469617800

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617800.001.0001

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Assembling a Collection

Assembling a Collection

(p.12) 1 Assembling a Collection
Inside Roman Libraries

George W. Houston

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the creation of a book collection, looking at the different ways by which Romans had access to the collections. The first part of the chapter discusses the process of obtaining volumes and how a collection was built up. The methods include creating a copy of a manuscript, having a slave make a copy, buying a ready-made text, and getting copies from friends, public libraries, and dealer collections. The second part of the chapter describes the process of acquiring collections with large volumes at a time. Various methods include buying a pre-existing collection, confiscating entire libraries, and getting book collections as booties.

Keywords:   Roman book collection, Roman public libraries, dealer collections, library confiscation, book acquisition

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