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The Birth of <i>a</i> Library

Yun Lee Too

in The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577804
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722912 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577804.003.0002
 							The Birth of a Library

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Chapter 1 looks at the narratives concerning the formation of the library in the ancient world. It shows how authors demonstrate that successive libraries always trace their origins to the same prior bodies of texts so that there appears to have been only one library that is constantly expanded in antiquity. It also considers how the formation of the library is associated with political or intellectual power, with ruling individuals, or with wars and conquest.

Keywords: library; authorship; political power; intellectual power; corpus of texts; conquest

Chapter.  11585 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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