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Private Collections And Temple Libraries In Ancient Egypt

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This chapter purposes to serve as an introduction concerning books and libraries in Ancient Egypt, long before Ptolemy that the author established his famous Mouseion and Library in Alexandria. It shows that these institutions were not a total novelty in Ancient Egypt, but rather a modernization and revitalization of an existing tradition in a forward leap on the infinite journey of knowledge. The chapter begins with a reminder of the conversation between an ancient Egyptian priest and a famous Greek visitor, Solon, as reported by Plato in Timaeus. Research on writing material in Ancient Egypt, and more specifically on papyrus, the way it was manufactured and produced in different sizes to suit different needs, as well as the way how it was preserved, has been pursued by a number of scholars.

Keywords: Alexandria; Ancient Egypt; Mouseion; papyrus; Solon

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