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Libraries in the Ancient World

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Description for Libraries in the Ancient World Paperback. The story of Ancient libraries from their very beginnings, when "books" were clay tablets and writing was a new phenomenon. Lionel Casson explores the royal libraries of the Ancient Near East, the private and public libraries of Greece and Rome, and the first Christian monastic libraries. Series: Yale Nota Bene. Num Pages: 192 pages, 30 b/w illus. BIC Classification: 1QDA; 3D; GLM; HBG; HBLA. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 197 x 128 x 14. Weight in Grams: 160.

This delightful book tells the story of ancient libraries from their very beginnings, when “books” were clay tablets and writing was a new phenomenon. Renowned classicist Lionel Casson takes us on a lively tour, from the royal libraries of the most ancient Near East, through the private and public libraries of Greece and Rome, down to the first Christian monastic libraries. To the founders of the first public libraries of the Greek world goes the credit for creating the prototype of today’s library buildings and the science of organizing books in them.

Casson recounts the development of ancient ... Read more

• What was the connection between the rise in education and literacy and the growth of libraries?

• Who contributed to the early development of public libraries, especially the great library at Alexandria?

• What did ancient libraries include in their holdings?

• How did ancient libraries acquire books?

• What was the nature of publishing in the Greek and Roman world?

• How did different types of users (royalty, scholars, religious figures) and different kinds of “books” (tablets, scrolls, codices) affect library arrangements?

• How did Christianity transform the nature of library holdings?

Just as a library yields unexpected treasures to a meandering browser, this entertaining book offers to its perusers the surprising history of the rise and development of ancient libraries—a fascinating story never told before.

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Product Details

Publisher
Yale University Press
Format
Paperback
Publication date
2002
Series
Yale Nota Bene
Condition
New
Number of Pages
192
Place of Publication
, United States
ISBN
9780300097214
SKU
V9780300097214
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99-22

About Lionel Casson
Lionel Casson is Professor Emeritus of Classics, New York University, and the author of Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World as well as many other books on ancient maritime history and ancient travel.

Reviews for Libraries in the Ancient World
"Which came first, the book or the library? This monograph by the classicist Lionel Casson provides a detailed answer that will appeal not just to bibliophiles but to anyone who enjoys picking up odd bits of intriguing historical information."—Amanda Heller, Boston Sunday Globe "[I]nformative. . . . [A] succinct account of the development of reading, writing and book ... Read more

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