Inside Roman Libraries (Hardcover)
Book Collections and Their Management in Antiquity
University of North Carolina Press, 9781469617800, 348pp.
Publication Date: November 10, 2014
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Through a careful analysis of the contents of the collections, Houston reveals the personalities and interests of their owners, shows how manuscripts were acquired, organized, and managed, and identifies the various purposes that libraries served. He considers the life expectancy of manuscripts, the sizes of libraries, and dangers to books, as well as the physical objects within libraries from scribal equipment to works of art. The result is a clearer, more specific, and more detailed picture of ancient book collections and the elements of Roman libraries than has previously been possible.