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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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Spaces, Storage, Equipment, and Art

Spaces, Storage, Equipment, and Art

(p.180) 5 Spaces, Storage, Equipment, and Art
Inside Roman Libraries

George W. Houston

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter surveys nonbook materials and classifies them into three groups: containers and storage facilities for book rolls, other equipment and furniture, and decorative elements such as statues and images. Book collections illustrate an individual's taste and artistry and the Romans responded to this idea by providing beautiful surroundings for these collections as well as works of art to complement them. The library of Celsus in Ephesus, furnished with works of art, illustrate great taste and sophistication. Like the book rolls themselves, the rooms with their statuary could serve as cultural statements.

Keywords:   book roll storage, Roman statues, Roman library, Celsus library, Ephesus, Ptolemaic library

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