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The Anglo-Saxon Library$
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Michael Lapidge

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239696

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239696.001.0001

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Vanished Libraries of Classical Antiquity

Vanished Libraries of Classical Antiquity

(p.5) 1 Vanished Libraries of Classical Antiquity
The Anglo-Saxon Library

Michael Lapidge

Oxford University Press

By the time the first Anglo-Saxon libraries were assembled, during the course of 7th century AD, libraries both public and private had been a significant feature of Mediterranean civilization for more than a thousand years. This chapter considers Mediterranean libraries under three headings: Alexandria and the libraries of the Greek world, the libraries of Ancient Rome, and the Christian libraries of the patristic period.

Keywords:   Mediterranean libraries, ancient libraries, Alexandria, Ancient Rome, Christian libraries, Anglo-Saxon libraries

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