Ancient Libraries by Jason König, Greg Woolf, Katerina Oikonomopoulou

By Jason König, Greg Woolf, Katerina Oikonomopoulou

The circulate of books used to be the motor of classical civilization. yet books have been either dear and infrequent, and so libraries - deepest and public, royal and civic - performed key roles in articulating highbrow existence. This assortment, written through a world crew of students, provides a primary reassessment of ways historic libraries got here into being, how they have been geared up and the way they have been used. Drawing on papyrology and archaeology, and on money owed written by means of those that learn and wrote in them, it provides new study on studying cultures, on publication accumulating and at the origins of huge library constructions. the various conventional tales informed approximately historical libraries are challenged. Few have been relatively huge, immense, none have been designed as examine centres, and coffee conflagrations don't clarify the lack of such a lot historical texts. however the imperative position of libraries in Greco-Roman tradition emerges extra in actual fact than ever.

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And a key way in which the views of each reading (and listening) community were expressed was in the contents of their libraries. Libraries and the history of the book Most of the essays gathered in this volume are concerned with the place of libraries in the reading cultures of classical antiquity. The libraries of Assyrian and Persian emperors, those of the many Jewish communities of the diaspora, the first collections of Syriac texts and the development of Christian libraries in tandem with Christian literatures are fascinating, but must be left for others to explore.

Two of the most fundamental texts within this category are the Daily Temple Ritual and the Offering Ritual. The Daily Temple Ritual provides step-by-step instructions concerning the basic ritual which was performed every day in every temple in Egypt. There may have been minor variations from temple to temple, but on the whole the ritual was the same. The earliest manuals on the daily ritual are preserved in three papyri from the tenth century BC and relate specifically to the cults of Amun and Mut at Thebes, while a series of reliefs at the temple of Seti I (c.

Approaching the ancient library kind, and much closer to modern library based research. When Cato set out to gather material to write the Origines, he was not able to simply compare and adjudicate between two or more rival accounts – as might a Diodorus or a Dionysius – but he had to comb a mass of written source material for data that might be extracted and reorganised. Historians needed libraries because their source material was diverse and because prose texts were rarely as widely available as verse.

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