Libraries in the Ancient World

Libraries in the Ancient World

by Lionel Casson
ISBN-10:
0300097212
ISBN-13:
9780300097214
Pub. Date:
08/28/2002
Publisher:
Yale University Press
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Overview

Libraries in the Ancient World

The first libraries appeared in the Near East in the third millennium BC and continued to flourish throughout antiquity. This attractive study draws on a variety of sources to discuss library buildings, holdings, systems, users and patrons and explores the relationship between libraries and education, literacy and leisure. Subjects include the Library of Alexandria, public and private libraries in the city of Rome, ancient publishing and early monastic libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300097214
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 663,675
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Mapsxi
1.The Beginnings: The Ancient Near East1
2.The Beginnings: Greece17
3.The Library of Alexandria31
4.The Growth of Libraries48
5.The Beginnings: Rome61
6.Libraries of the Roman Empire: The City of Rome80
7.Libraries of the Roman Empire: Outside the City of Rome109
8.From Roll to Codex124
9.Toward the Middle Ages136
Abbreviations147
Notes149
List of Illustrations167
Index171

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