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The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World

Yun Lee Too


The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World takes the reader not just to Alexandria, the home of the famed library of Greco‐Roman antiquity, but far beyond it. Reading across antiquity from the fifth century BCE to the ninth century CE with Photius, the Byzantine scholar, this study recognizes that ‘library’ in antiquity comes in various forms and shapes. It can be a building with books, but it can also be individual people and individual books themselves. Its functions in antiquity are also numerous. The library is an instrument of power, of memory, of which it has various modes ... More

Keywords: library, Alexandria, Photius, Byzantium, memory, art gallery, social intercourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577804
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577804.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yun Lee Too, author
Independent scholar