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Papyrological Evidence for Book Collections and Libraries in the Roman Empire

George W. Houston

in Ancient Literacies

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199793983
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190261283 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199793983.003.0010
Papyrological Evidence for Book Collections and Libraries in the Roman Empire

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This chapter surveys the papyrological evidence for personal libraries and book collections under the Roman Empire. It talks about the activity and nature of book collecting and the people who collected books then passed over to succeeding generations. The chapter concludes with a review of the lists of books that appear in papyri that represent the contents of actual book collections and concentrations of papyrus fragments that were found together and assumed to belong to the same collection.

Keywords: papyrological evidence; personal libraries; book collections; Roman Empire; papyri; papyrus fragments

Chapter.  16854 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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