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The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World

Yun Lee Too

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199577804
eISBN:
9780191722912
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577804.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World takes the reader not just to Alexandria, the home of the famed library of Greco‐Roman antiquity, but far beyond it. Reading across antiquity ... More


Alexandria

Wallace Matson

in Grand Theories and Everyday Beliefs: Science, Philosophy, and their Histories

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199812691
eISBN:
9780199919420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812691.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Ptolemy, one of Alexander's generals, a patron of Greek culture, founded in Alexandria, capital of his Egyptian empire, the Library, the greatest depository of Greek literature, and the Museum, a ... More


Vanished Libraries of Classical Antiquity

Michael Lapidge

in The Anglo-Saxon Library

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199239696
eISBN:
9780191708336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239696.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

By the time the first Anglo-Saxon libraries were assembled, during the course of 7th century AD, libraries both public and private had been a significant feature of Mediterranean civilization for ... More


 Possessors of the Command

Shafique N. Virani

in The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, a Search for Salvation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195311730
eISBN:
9780199785490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311730.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Islam

In Shi'i Islam, the Imams are considered to be the Possessors of the Command (ulu al-amr), and are the purveyors of divine authority in the world. The chapter speaks of the Ismaili Imams, Islamshah ... More


 “Novels Rather than Nothing”: Literature

Terryl C. Givens

in People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195167115
eISBN:
9780199785599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167115.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Nauvoo had a library, but fiction was never popular in the early church. Orson Whitney advocated a “home literature”, but the effort largely failed. Until then, it was largely didactic and ... More


Recruitment, Background, and Education of the Clergy

David Albert Jones

in The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199213009
eISBN:
9780191707179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213009.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Church History

This chapter describes the process of recruitment, selection, and examination of ordination candidates by bishops and their advisers. It examines the social and geographical backgrounds from which ... More


Promoting Christian Knowledge

David Albert Jones

in The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199213009
eISBN:
9780191707179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213009.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Church History

This chapter investigates the third key role of clergy: to teach and deepen people's knowledge about the Christian faith. It explores the evidence for the clergy's activity in instructing children in ... More


Vanished Libraries of Anglo-Saxon England

Michael Lapidge

in The Anglo-Saxon Library

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199239696
eISBN:
9780191708336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239696.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

From the time of the conversion to Christianity of Anglo-Saxons, in the wake of the Gregorian mission in England in 597, libraries of various kinds began to be assembled in England. In the first ... More


The New Alexandrian Library

Susan A. Stephens

in Classics and National Cultures

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199212989
eISBN:
9780191594205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212989.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Alexandrian library has come to occupy a special place in the Western imagination as the first systematic attempt to collect and preserve human knowledge. That library disappeared or was ... More


Introduction

Michael Lapidge

in The Anglo-Saxon Library

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199239696
eISBN:
9780191708336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239696.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the definition of a library. It describes the conception of a vast and labyrinthine library containing all existing books in Umberto Eco's ... More


Reconstructing Anglo-Saxon Libraries (I): The Evidence of Inventories

Michael Lapidge

in The Anglo-Saxon Library

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199239696
eISBN:
9780191708336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239696.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter discusses the reconstruction of vanished Anglo-Saxon libraries. These libraries can be reconstructed from three sorts of evidence: surviving inventories of books pertaining to a ... More


Reconstructing Anglo-Saxon Libraries (II): The Evidence of Manuscripts

Michael Lapidge

in The Anglo-Saxon Library

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199239696
eISBN:
9780191708336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239696.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter discusses the reconstruction of vanished Anglo-Saxon libraries through manuscripts. The study of manuscripts which previously belonged to Anglo-Saxon libraries is possible using a ... More


Reconstructing Anglo-Saxon Libraries (III): The Evidence of Citations

Michael Lapidge

in The Anglo-Saxon Library

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199239696
eISBN:
9780191708336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239696.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter discusses the reconstruction of vanished Anglo-Saxon libraries, focusing on works known to, or quoted by, pre-Conquest Anglo-Latin authors. It makes distinctions between quotations and ... More


The Use of the Bible and the Production of Books in the Time of Augustine

H. A. G. Houghton

in Augustine's Text of John: Patristic Citations and Latin Gospel Manuscripts

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199545926
eISBN:
9780191719974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545926.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Despite the laborious process of copying by hand, a wide variety of books seems to have been available in the Church in North Africa. The collection at Hippo, supplemented by Augustine's personal ... More


Our Native Classics, Complete and Uniform

Thomas F. Bonnell

in The Most Disreputable Trade: Publishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765-1810

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199532209
eISBN:
9780191700996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532209.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter describes the development of a cultural maturity as expressed in the multi-volume collections of classics. Beginning in 1765, publications developed across a range of genres from such ... More


Lone Heroes or Collaborative Communities? On Sumerian Literature and its Practitioners

Eleanor Robson

in Ancient Egyptian Literature: Theory and Practice

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265420
eISBN:
9780191760471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265420.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (ETCSL), a ten-year project to edit and analyse ancient Sumerian literature, came to an end on 31 August 2006. Like Egyptian, Sumerian is one of the ... More


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

Yun Lee Too

in The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199577804
eISBN:
9780191722912
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577804.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

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 ... More


The University of Oxford

Mushirul Hasan

in Exploring the West: Three Travel Narratives

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780198063117
eISBN:
9780199080199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063117.003.0008
Subject:
History, Indian History

After staying for three months in London, the author proceeded to Oxford and visited the University of Oxford. He was amazed by the school's beauty and clean appearance, noting its elegant buildings ... More


Matthew Parker and the Practice of Church History

Madeline McMahon

in Confessionalisation and Erudition in Early Modern Europe: An Episode in the History of the Humanities

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780197266601
eISBN:
9780191896057
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266601.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The Elizabethan archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker is best known for his efforts to collect medieval manuscripts, which had changed hands or been repurposed after the Dissolution of the ... More


The Finishing Touches

Edwin L. Battistella

in Do You Make These Mistakes in English?: The Story of Sherwin Cody's Famous Language School

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195367126
eISBN:
9780199867356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367126.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

Chapter Seven takes up Cody's advice on literature and book culture, connecting these to early 20th century self‐improvement views.


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