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By Jason König, Greg Woolf, Katerina Oikonomopoulou

ISBN-10: 1107012562

ISBN-13: 9781107012561

The stream of books was once the motor of classical civilization. yet books have been either pricey and infrequent, and so libraries - deepest and public, royal and civic - performed key roles in articulating highbrow lifestyles. This assortment, written by way of a global workforce of students, offers a primary reassessment of the way old libraries got here into being, how they have been equipped and the way they have been used. Drawing on papyrology and archaeology, and on bills written through those that learn and wrote in them, it offers new study on interpreting cultures, on e-book amassing and at the origins of enormous library constructions. a number of the conventional tales informed approximately old libraries are challenged. Few have been relatively huge, immense, none have been designed as study centres, and coffee conflagrations don't clarify the lack of such a lot historic texts. however the primary position of libraries in Greco-Roman tradition emerges extra sincerely than ever.

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And, according to our sources, the object of their journeys was precisely those cities that housed the greatest temples and temple libraries. These journeys would prove anything but futile. Above all, the Greeks soon learned the art of writing on papyrus. This made it possible to commit to writing works like those of Homer and Hesiod, some time between the eighth and the sixth centuries BC. Without the development of written culture which followed in the fifth century there could have been no library of Alexandria.

Equally there were works of cultural and literal translation. The Septuagint has been mentioned already. Josephus in the preface to his Greek account of the Jewish War describes it as a translation of an account he had already written in Aramaic for the diaspora communities outside the Empire. Plutarch’s essay On Isis and Osiris probably drew on some Egyptian original, if perhaps not directly. Philo’s philosophical writing represents the creation of new genres of Jewish literature not only in Greek but also based on Greek models.

33 34 kim ryholt agricultural produce and the wealth of the state, it is not surprising that the Sothis omina should come to be associated with the well-being of the country as a whole. In fact one of the common statements in the Sothis texts is ‘the Nile will be in balance this year’ or sometimes the opposite. Other predictions include statements such as ‘a small rebellion will take place in Egypt’ or ‘a ruler will die’. It still remains uncertain exactly what was done with these predictions once they had been established.

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