Toward a Monastic Order of Books

in The Monk and the Book

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780226899008
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226899022 | DOI:
Toward a Monastic Order of Books

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This chapter collects evidence for the physical appearance of Jerome's books, their format, materials, and cost. A reconstruction of the physical form of the books that Jerome used situates his literary activities more firmly in a specific place and time. A concrete idea of what Jerome's books looked like can serve as a useful safeguard against the tendency to picture him in the more familiar guises of a classical or a medieval scholar. Jerome's literary monasticism was a thoroughly late antique phenomenon. This is as true for the physical media through which he used and produced texts as it is for the model of the monastic life with which he was presented, one that left open no obvious place for a literary career.

Keywords: Saint Jerome; books; literary monasticism; monastic life

Chapter.  14095 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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