By Lucien X. Polastron
"A old survey of the destruction of data from old Babylon and China to trendy times"--Provided through publisher.
In the cradle of the libraries --
The papyrus sector --
Islam of the 1st days --
People of the booklet --
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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The armaria no longer contained anything but archives; books on medicine were turned over because the soldiers did not know how to read. Later historians would deem that Diocletian had done much to propagate Christianity. Ammianus Marcellinus observed bitterly around 378 that certain Romans "detested science as if it were poison ... " The Nordic hordes then descended upon the capitals of antiquity, and the souls of the cities soared away, never to return. One by one, the cities fell; one by one, collections of books went up in smoke.
But this labor of popularization, which was first intended for a single reader, contributed to the development of knowledge in the entire empire and allowed if not a challenge to unilateralist thinking, at least the transmission of the literature of antiquity-or at least what time has allowed to filter through. How many thousands of books had the Byzantines amassed when the Crusaders arose? For the envoys of God, every city that did not surrender outright ("on mercy") was declared a prize of war, a declaration made all the easier because pillage provided the sole payment promised the soldiers.
At the time of the tragedy, these elegant protagonists, Caesar and his father-in-law, had been dead for more than a century, although the luxurious dwelling was still a haven for reading. There were books in the tablinum beneath the peristyle, as well as in a capsa, * as if someone had •This document carrier in the form of a hatbox is frequently depicted in marble attached to the right wrist of the great orators, where it consolidates support of the statue. The Papyrus Region ; 33 attempted to carry them off as he fled, and especially in that small room with its numbered niches and elegant shelving specially built for preserving volumes.