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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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The Library (as) Book: The Fantasy of the Total Text

The Library (as) Book: The Fantasy of the Total Text

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(p.116) 4 The Library (as) Book: The Fantasy of the Total Text
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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/9780199577804.003.0005

Chapter 4 looks at the phenomenon of a single work that calls itself a library. It considers the Library of Apollodorus as a work that plays on seeming to be a full and complete text while actually containing conspicuous absences to which it consciously draws the reader's attention. It is a mythological compendium that offers moments of recognition that there are other narrative traditions than the present one. It becomes apparent that this Library is, as all other libraries, anything but a complete one.

Keywords:   library, mythology, compendium, narrative tradition, Apollodorus, Library of Apollodorus

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