Libraries in the Ancient World

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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 library buildings, systems, holdings, and patrons, addressing questions on a wide variety of topics, such as:

· 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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The Dewey decimal system of cataloguing and its modern successors are relatively new, and they sometimes seem inadequate as ways of organizing knowledge in ever-changing fields of study. But the idea of bringing order to collections of written material is an ancient one, as Lionel Casson writes in this lucid survey of bibliophilia in the ancient Mediterranean. Among the earliest examples of written material that we have are lists of library holdings, clay tablets from Mesopotamia that archive commercial inventories, scholarly texts, and a surprising number of works on witchcraft and remedies against it.

Ancient libraries grew, Casson writes, by many means: by peaceful trade, as when book-hungry Romans spent extravagant sums on Greek texts made in southern Italy; by conquest, as when the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal looted the libraries of his ancient rival Babylon, carting the contents to his capital of Nineveh; and by fiat, as when the Egyptian pharaohs appropriated private collections to round out their own. Those libraries nourished the great philosophers and writers of old, shaping world culture into our own time. But, as Casson ably shows, the enemies of books are many, among them floods, fires, insects, and intolerance. As it is today, so it was in the past, and contending empires and ideologies too often expressed themselves by sacking and burning the collections of their enemies--by reason of which we have only a few of the works that engaged readers in the distant past.

Casson's slender book enhances our understanding of the role of books and their collectors in the ancient world, and bibliophiles and historians alike will find much of value in its pages. --Gregory McNamee

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Descrizione libro Yale University Press. Condizione libro: New. 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. . 2002. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Codice libro della libreria V9780300097214

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