Books and Readers in Ancient Greece and Rome

Books and Readers in Ancient Greece and Rome

Books and Readers in Ancient Greece and Rome

Books and Readers in Ancient Greece and Rome

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This book is the outcome of a course of three lectures which I was invited by the University of London to deliver at King's College in March 1932. The material has been slightly expanded, but the general scale of treatment has not been altered. It does not claim to replace the standard works on ancient book-production, but to supplement them, and that especially with regard to the period during which papyrus was the principal material in use. It is in respect of this period that our knowledge has been chiefly increased in the course of the last two generations through the discoveries of papyri in Egypt. The object of this book is to bring together and make available for students the results of these discoveries. In particular, use has been made of the remarkable collection of papyrus codices recently acquired by Mr. A. Chester Beatty, which has greatly extended our knowledge of this transitional form of book, which appears to have had a special vogue among the Christian community in Egypt.

Although the subject of the book is primarily bibliographical, namely, the methods of book-construction from the date of Homer (whenever that may have been) until the supersession of papyrus by vellum in the fourth century of our era, one of . . .

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