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Ancient LiteraciesThe Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome$
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William A. Johnson and Holt N. Parker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199793983

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199793983.001.0001

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Papyrological Evidence for Book Collections and Libraries in the Roman Empire

Papyrological Evidence for Book Collections and Libraries in the Roman Empire

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(p.233) 10 Papyrological Evidence for Book Collections and Libraries in the Roman Empire
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Ancient Literacies
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George W. Houston

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199793983.003.0010

This chapter surveys the papyrological evidence for personal libraries and book collections under the Roman Empire. It talks about the activity and nature of book collecting and the people who collected books then passed over to succeeding generations. The chapter concludes with a review of the lists of books that appear in papyri that represent the contents of actual book collections and concentrations of papyrus fragments that were found together and assumed to belong to the same collection.

Keywords:   papyrological evidence, personal libraries, book collections, Roman Empire, papyri, papyrus fragments

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