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The Vanished Library

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Publisher Comments:

The Library of Alexandria, one of the wonders of the Ancient World, has haunted Western culture for over 2,000 years. The Ptolemaic kings of Egypt—successors of Alexander the Great—had a staggering ambition: to house all of the books ever written under one roof, and the story of the universal library and its destruction still has the power to move us.

But what was the library, and where was it? Did it exist at all? Contemporary descriptions are vague and contradictory. The fate of the precious books themselves is a subject of endless speculation.

Canfora resolves these puzzles in one of the most unusual books of classical history ever written. He recreates the world of Egypt and the Greeks in brief chapters that marry the craft of the novelist and the discipline of the historian. Anecdotes, conversations, and reconstructions give The Vanished Library the compulsion of an exotic tale, yet Canfora bases all of them on historical and literary sources, which he discusses with great panache. As the chilling conclusion to this elegant piece of historical detective work he establishes who burned the books.

This volume has benefited from the collegial support of The Wake Forest University Studium.

Synopsis:

"A fluid, distinctive, and highly intelligent portrait of Caesar in his times."—Clifford Ando, author of Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire

"Master of the complex source material and at home in the vast secondary literature, Canfora has used his experience with communism to construct a subtle, original quest for 'the real Caesar,' the proletarian dictator. The book can only enrich research and teaching."—William M. Calder III, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 100-106) and index.

About the Author

Luciano Canfora teaches at the University of Bari and is the editor of the journal Quaderni di Storia. A specialist in ancient literature, he has published a history of Greek literature and studies of Thucydides.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520072558
Subtitle:
A Wonder of the Ancient World
Translator:
Ryle, Martin
Author:
Canfora, Luciano
Author:
Ryle, Martin
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Ancient - Egypt
Subject:
Library & Information Science
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Libraries
Subject:
Civilization, Classical
Subject:
Alexandria (egypt)
Subject:
Alexandria
Subject:
Ancient - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Edition, (A Wake Forest University Studium Book)
Series:
Hellenistic Culture and Society
Series Volume:
0007
Publication Date:
19900829
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
205
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x .5 in 10 oz

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"A fluid, distinctive, and highly intelligent portrait of Caesar in his times."—Clifford Ando, author of Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire

"Master of the complex source material and at home in the vast secondary literature, Canfora has used his experience with communism to construct a subtle, original quest for 'the real Caesar,' the proletarian dictator. The book can only enrich research and teaching."—William M. Calder III, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign

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