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The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World$
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Yun Lee Too

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199577804

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577804.001.0001

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Library Catalogues: From Literary Description to Literary Self‐Description

Library Catalogues: From Literary Description to Literary Self‐Description

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(p.50) 2 Library Catalogues: From Literary Description to Literary Self‐Description
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The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World
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Yun Lee Too

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577804.003.0003

Chapter 2 examines the ways in which the library was catalogued so that people would know where to find things in a body of works and in individuals' works. It traces this impulse back to statements in poetry about the contents of a work, to the catalogues in Alexandria, and, finally, to tables of contents in subsequent works such as those of Pliny and Aulus Gellius.

Keywords:   library, catalogues, Alexandria, tables of contents, poetry, Pliny, Aulus Gellius

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