Books on fire : the destruction of libraries throughout by Lucien X. Polastron PDF

By Lucien X. Polastron

ISBN-10: 1594771677

ISBN-13: 9781594771675

"A old survey of the destruction of information from historical Babylon and China to trendy times"--Provided by way of publisher.

In the cradle of the libraries --
The papyrus sector --
Islam of the 1st days --
People of the e-book --
Asia earlier than the 20 th century --
The Christian West --
The new biblioclasts --
Peace damages --
An embarrassment of modernity --
Flameproof wisdom --
Epilogue: go back to Alexandria.

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In short, they made confetti out of them. One Father Antonio Piaggio even constructed a machine for unrolling the rigid papyri that offered a delicate touch and a slow, consistent pace beyond the ability of human hands. The results were modest: Four scrolls were unrolled in three years, and a few fragments were interpreted and placed in haphazard order. Science fiction was next in line to make a stop in Herculaneum. Multispectral imaging, perfected by a NASA laboratory to determine the identities of precious minerals beneath the surface of remote planets, also made it possible to read black letters on a dark background-ink on anthracite-by the differentiating components according to their respective reflectivity.

We know of as many as seven versions existing at the same time, and even today the Qur'an of Africa is not the one to which all Muslims refer. 48 • Islam of the First Days In his fascinating and inexhaustible study of medieval Arab libraries, Yusef Eche amusedly reports that an Andalusian of the Golden Age saw in a student's home the fifty-sixth volume of a bibliography of everything that existed in the Arab language. He also added that this was not the last volume. The notices it contained were short: title, author name, date of death, and city of birth.

Hessel, and R. Pfeiffer, among others) deem the case to be little likely; others (such as Platthy) accept it. 26 ; The Papyrus Region the other hand, old texts survived beneath the dry sand, as, for example, the hundreds of fragments of scrolls and codices in papyrus or parchment discovered in Oxyrhynchos, two hours south of Cairo: personal and business letters, extracts from the Christian scriptures and ancient poets such as Sappho and Sophocles, along with a piece of an unpublished work. Had this lot of documents been piously gathered together in the archives of a former Greco-Roman colony?

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