The Library of Alexandria, one of the wonders of the Ancient World, has haunted Western culture for over 2,000 years. The Ptolemaic kings of Egypt—successors of Alexander the Great—had a staggering ambition: to house all of the books ever written under one roof, and the story of the universal library and its destruction still has the power to move us.
But what was the library, and where was it? Did it exist at all? Contemporary descriptions are vague and contradictory. The fate of the precious books themselves is a subject of endless speculation.
Canfora resolves these puzzles in one of the most unusual books of classical history ever written. He recreates the world of Egypt and the Greeks in brief chapters that marry the craft of the novelist and the discipline of the historian. Anecdotes, conversations, and reconstructions give The Vanished Library the compulsion of an exotic tale, yet Canfora bases all of them on historical and literary sources, which he discusses with great panache. As the chilling conclusion to this elegant piece of historical detective work he establishes who burned the books.
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"A fluid, distinctive, and highly intelligent portrait of Caesar in his times."—Clifford Ando, author of Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire
"Master of the complex source material and at home in the vast secondary literature, Canfora has used his experience with communism to construct a subtle, original quest for 'the real Caesar,' the proletarian dictator. The book can only enrich research and teaching."—William M. Calder III, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign
Luciano Canfora teaches at the University of Bari and is the editor of the journal Quaderni di Storia. A specialist in ancient literature, he has published a history of Greek literature and studies of Thucydides.
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Descripción University of California Press., 1990. Soft cover. Estado de conservación: New. The Vanished library. By Luciano Canfora. Translated by Martin Ryle. Published by the University of California Press. 1990. ISBN-10: 0520072553 / ISBN-13: 978-0520072558. Volume in publisher's Series: "Hellenistic Culture and Society (Book 7)". New 9 x 6 inches softcover. 205 Pages. Index. SUMMARY: Canfora, an expert in ancient literature and a professor at the University of Bari (Italy), has created a loving, anecdotal ramble through that fabled store of classical learning, the Library of Alexandria, its history and destruction, probably not, in Canfora's opinion, during Caesar's campaign but some 300 to 400 years later, as the Arab world began to encroach on a crumbling Roman Empire. The author stops along the way to consider some germane (and some tangential) subjects: the fate of Aristotle's writings, the rival library at Pergamum, Ramses II's victory over the Hittites at Kadesh, the creation of the Septuagint. Canfora reserves the exegesis of historical sources to the second half of the book. --- Same day or next business-day mailing. Free online tracking for USPS deliveries within the United States. Orders are shipped with a printed sale transaction - no exception. Nº de ref. de la librería ABE-1509373043706
Descripción University of California Press, 1990. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0520072553
Descripción University of California Press, 1990. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110520072553