Spaces, Storage, Equipment, and Art

George W. Houston

in Inside Roman Libraries

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print November 2014 | ISBN: 9781469617800
Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781469617824
Spaces, Storage, Equipment, and Art

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This chapter surveys nonbook materials and classifies them into three groups: containers and storage facilities for book rolls, other equipment and furniture, and decorative elements such as statues and images. Book collections illustrate an individual's taste and artistry and the Romans responded to this idea by providing beautiful surroundings for these collections as well as works of art to complement them. The library of Celsus in Ephesus, furnished with works of art, illustrate great taste and sophistication. Like the book rolls themselves, the rooms with their statuary could serve as cultural statements.

Keywords: book roll storage; Roman statues; Roman library; Celsus library; Ephesus; Ptolemaic library

Chapter.  17402 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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