Libraries of Yore
Before Patience and Fortitude, those familiar lions, gazed from New York’s Public Library, what was there? And what was there before the printing press and the wonderfully doctored paper each of us use every day?
Questions that no doubt many people have asked, and have not been able to find the answers to. Libraries in the Ancient World answers all these questions and more, from a professor’s perspective, ergo in immense detail that is unrivaled.
Crossing a long spectrum, from the early days of Babylonia, into ancient Egypt and its papyrus, crossing over to ancient Greece and Rome, looking into the early Middle Ages and how monks continued the flourishing art of bookkeeping.
Lionel Casson has written a book that is short and to the point, not filled with fluff and boring verbiage, just details, both colorful and immensely interesting.
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Originally published on October 15th 2001
Originally published in the Long Beach Union.