Yun Lee Too's The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World PDF

By Yun Lee Too

ISBN-10: 0199577803

ISBN-13: 9780199577804

In The inspiration of the Library within the old World Yun Lee Too argues that the traditional library used to be even more than its incarnation at Alexandria, which has been the focal point for college students of the topic up until now. in reality, the library is a posh establishment with many various kinds. it may be a construction with books, however it is additionally person humans, or the person books themselves. In antiquity, the library's capabilities are a variety of: as an software of strength, of reminiscence, of which it has numerous modes; as an articulation of a political perfect, an artwork gallery, a spot for sociality. Too ultimately increases very important conceptual questions on the modern library, bringing to those the insights learn of antiquity can offer.

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M. Cary, History of Rome (London, 1954), 420 n. 5, and the summary of the views in Parsons (1952: 312–19). 44 See Cicero Ep. 1 and Lindsay (1997: 295). 2). 45 We read that Aemilius had permitted his sons, Fabius and Scipio, to take whichever books they wanted from the library of Perses (cf. 11). 3). Scipio’s library blurs what is for antiquity the inherently dubious distinction between ‘public’ and ‘private’ collection, appropriating a library of a nation’s ruler into what might otherwise be regarded as the private domain and ensuring recognition of its owner as a powerful Wgure.

62). The collection that Lyco inherits is one bigger than his predecessor’s own writing and thinking, increasing the size of the private library. 58). This detail provides what might be construed as a link between the Peripatetics and the great Alexandrian library. 65). Lyco’s own published works (ôIìa âØâºßÆ ôa IíåªíøóìÝíÆ) are given to Chares, who is also emancipated in the will, while his own unpublished works (cf. IíÝŒäïôÆ) are in turn passed on to Callinus 8 Gottschalk (1972: 336). 73). 9 But there is another direct line of transmission for the library into later antiquity, which sees the Aristotelian texts more widely disseminated in the Greco-Roman world as the line of descent within the Peripatetic school is disrupted.

Apart from Plutarch, who writes a century and a half after the Alexandrian War, no other author actually speaks of the burning of the institution, although other individuals speak of books/ volumes burning. Books are not necessarily to be equated with the 37 Parsons (1952: 291). Ellens (1993: 41) states that as many as 50,000 volumes were lost in the fire of 47 bc. 38 See J. C. ), Ammianus Marcellinus, ii (Cambridge, MA, and London, 1937), 303; also see Rawson (1985: 39) and Fraser (1972: i. 334–5), who seem to accept the destruction.

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