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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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Inside and Outside the Library: The Memory of Canon

Inside and Outside the Library: The Memory of Canon

(p.173) 6 Inside and Outside the Library: The Memory of Canon
The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World

Yun Lee Too

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 is concerned with the Library of Photius, the Byzantine patriarch and scholar, a work that recalls literature in a very particular fashion. The Library relies on Photius' memory, and its deficiencies are due to the shortcomings of his memory, but it also concerns itself with the works themselves, providing incidental facts about the texts. This chapter argues that Photius engages in the production of ‘metadata’, concerning himself with a very different form of memory from what has come before.

Keywords:   metadata, Photius, patriarch, Byzantium, Library of Photius, memory

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