Books and Readers in Ancient Greece and Rome by F G Kenyon

By F G Kenyon

First version. With 4 chapters: using Books in old Greece, The Papyrus Roll, Books and interpreting at Rome and Vellum and the Codex. Illustrated. Jacket tape repaired with chipping. viii, 136 pages. textile, airborne dirt and dust jacket.. small 8vo..

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Different parts of it were used for different purposes-for fuel, for boats, for ropes, for sails; but the use that has given it a world-wide reputation is that of its pith for the manufacture ofwriting materiaL The supply of papyrus appears to have been a government monopoly in Egypt, and to have been farmed out to individual contractors. Among the Tebtunis papyri is a document ofthe second century (No. l/LWvos fLEptöOS. The locus classicus on its manufacture is Pliny, Nat. Bist. xiii. I I, 12.

132 (Isocrates, II€pt Elp~v'YJS'), 14 ft. The British Museum Odyssey papyrus, already referred to as the handsomest specimen of Greek book-production, would have required 7 feet if it contained only Book 111, or 2 I feet if it originally included ;Rooks 1-111. The Bacchylides Papyrus now measures about 15 feet, hut we do not know how much is missing; and the same is the case with the papyrus of Herodas, of which the surviving portion measures 14t feet, with a height of only 5 . inches .. The net result thenwould appear to be that 35 .

The princi .. M. papa 12 I), but there are several references to such books in literature, generallywith theimplication either thattheyweredue to economy or that they were not intended for publication. The younger Pliny, describing his uncle's prodigious activity, says that he left a hund red and sixty volumes of notes, written back and front in an extremely minute hand. I Lucian's Diogenes teIls his disciple, as a symptom of the life of poverty which he will have to lead, that his wallet will be full ofbooks written back and front.

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