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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 Sociality of the Ancient Library

The Sociality of the Ancient Library

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The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World

Yun Lee Too

Oxford University Press

Libraries have the power to change how people live their lives. They were places in which one did research, they were, as in the case of Alexandria, hothouses of intellectual rivalry, they were places of relaxation, as in the bath‐houses of Rome, they were public and they were private and they could also be imaginary.

Keywords:   library, research, Alexandria, Rome, bath‐house

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