Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-xi

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xiv

This is a book about book rolls, collections of book rolls, assemblages of ancient volumes that were thrown out together or buried in the eruption of Vesuvius, or that are known to us, however partially, in some other way. It is not a study of library buildings, although we will meet some of them in passing; rather, our focus throughout will be on collections of book rolls and on the equipment and staff needed to organize and maintain them. The...

Abbreviations

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pp. 16-19

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Introduction

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pp. 1-11

There is no lack of interest in, and scholarly study of, ancient book collections. Even in antiquity, the library at Alexandria entered the public imagination and became a virtual myth; and in modern times the royal library at Pergamum, the carbonized rolls from the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, and the great imperial libraries in the city of Rome are all well known and much studied. In general, interest has centered on these collections as...

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1. Assembling a Collection

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pp. 12-38

We must begin at the beginning, with the creation of a book collection. How do book collections come into existence? What options did ancient Romans have when they wished to acquire texts, and how much choice—in variety of title, in quality of manuscripts—did they have? In this chapter, we will look in some detail at the different methods by which Romans acquired and built up their collections. For the most part, these are predictable, even...

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2. Lists of Books Preserved on Papyrus

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pp. 39-86

In the autumn of 47 BC, Cicero wrote from Rome to his freedman Tiro, who was at Cicero’s villa in Tusculum. Tiro was not feeling well. Cicero sent him best wishes, advice, news, and instructions, and also mentioned that he would soon be sending along a horologium (presumably a sundial) and some books. Soon thereafter, he wrote a follow-up note: Tiro was to put the books away, but wait until he felt better before preparing a list...

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3. The Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum

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pp. 87-129

From lists, we turn to the physical remains of book collections. Known from archaeology, these materials will help us explore not only the authors and titles in particular collections, but the physical nature of an ancient collection. What condition were the book rolls in? How old were they? Do we find any evidence in the surviving manuscripts that might help us learn something about how the ancients managed their collections, how they sorted and stored the volumes and recovered them from storage? We will look...

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4. The Book Collections of Oxyrhynchus

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pp. 130-179

Situated on a western branch of the Nile about two hundred kilometers south of Cairo, the ancient Oxyrhynchus (modern el-Behnesa) was a city of considerable size and importance. Its population probably numbered, at its height, between fifteen and thirty thousand, making it roughly the size of, or somewhat larger than, Pompeii, and it was the administrative center of the Oxyrhynchite nome.1 Over the course of time, the people of the town...

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5. Spaces, Storage, Equipment, and Art

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pp. 180-216

There was more inside a Roman library than a collection of manuscripts. Even small collections required storage facilities of some sort, and if an owner wished to repair old or make new copies, or have his workers do so, scribal equipment would be needed. Book collections could then, as now, be impressive displays of one’s taste and intelligence, and the Romans responded to this potential by providing handsome surroundings for their...

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6. Personnel and Their Activities

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pp. 217-252

Book rolls and equipment we have; it is time now to put people in our libraries. In this chapter, I will set out the evidence for the people who managed and maintained book collections and libraries, from owner to slave worker, and for their tasks and responsibilities. Our goal is to see how Roman libraries functioned and how collections of manuscripts, once assembled, were organized, maintained, and made...

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Conclusion

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pp. 253-264

If we return now to the questions we posed in the introduction about ancient book collections—how they were formed, what they contained, how they reflected their owners’ tastes, what quality of book rolls was to be found in them, and the like—we will find that we can suggest a range of responses to our questions. The range is wide, but it is not infinite. We have a significant body of evidence, grounded in surviving parts of Roman book collections,...

Appendix 1. Lists of Books on Papyrus: Greek Texts, English Translations, and Commentary

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pp. 265-279

Appendix 2. Checklist of Books in the Collection of the Villa of the Papyri

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pp. 280-286

Appendix 3. Catalog of Manuscripts in the Breccia GH3 Find

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pp. 287-296

Bibliography

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pp. 297-318

Index of Ancient Sources

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pp. 319-322

General Index

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pp. 323-330