Inside and Outside the Library: The Memory of Canon

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:
 							Inside and Outside the Library: The Memory of Canon

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Chapter 6 is concerned with the Library of Photius, the Byzantine patriarch and scholar, a work that recalls literature in a very particular fashion. The Library relies on Photius' memory, and its deficiencies are due to the shortcomings of his memory, but it also concerns itself with the works themselves, providing incidental facts about the texts. This chapter argues that Photius engages in the production of ‘metadata’, concerning himself with a very different form of memory from what has come before.

Keywords: metadata; Photius; patriarch; Byzantium; Library of Photius; memory

Chapter.  6235 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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