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A. The Book in its oldest form

In antiquity, the term book referred to any writing material, crafted from a range of raw materials using traditional artisan techniques, and capable of carrying hand-written text. The two basic forms of the book in the Graeco-Latin cultural region were the  scroll (volumen) and the  codex; the latter corresponds to the modern form of the book. Both of these basic forms can v…

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Cavallo, Guglielmo (Rome), “Book”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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