The great libraries: from antiquity to the Renaissance (3000 B.C. to A.D. 1600)

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Oak Knoll Press, 2000 - Architecture - 563 pages
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This monumental work chronicles the development of the library from 3000 B.C. to 1600 A.D. Beginning with the clay-tablet libraries of the ancient Sumerian and Assyro-Babylonian empires, to those inspired by the Italian Renaissance, Mr. Staikos reveals the majesty of Western literature within these great depositories of human knowledge. Chapter by chapter the stories of the fabled libraries of Alexandria, Greece, and Rome unfold like an unbroken chain, connecting the wisdom of the ancients to the magnificent libraries of the European Renaissance. Co-published with The British Library. Over 400 illustrations (200 in full color) of magnificent libraries and their treasures

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE THE PEOPLES OF MESOPOTAMIA 317
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CHAPTER TWO EGYPT 1927
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CHAPTER THREE THE HELLENIC WORLD 2955
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