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By Jason König,Katerina Oikonomopoulou,Greg Woolf

The move of books used to be the motor of classical civilization. yet books have been either dear and infrequent, and so libraries – inner most and public, royal and civic – performed key roles in articulating highbrow existence. This assortment, written by means of a global workforce of students, provides a primary reassessment of ways historical 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 bills written by means of those that learn and wrote in them, it offers new learn on studying cultures, on publication gathering and at the origins of huge library structures. some of the conventional tales informed approximately historical libraries are challenged. Few have been rather huge, immense, none have been designed as learn centres, and coffee conflagrations don't clarify the lack of so much old texts. however the valuable position of libraries in Greco-Roman tradition emerges extra basically than ever.

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