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I. Library buildings

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A. Definition

A library is a depository or building for books of all kinds. Libraries could be part of private houses, royal palaces, public and religious buildings ( Gymnasium, Forum, Thermae [1]), sanctuaries, or be independent buildings. Only few libraries have been secured or preserved, because most of their constituent elements, including bookcases (armaria) and furnishings, were made of wood.

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B. Greece

Book collections have been known in …

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Nielsen, Inge (Hamburg), Burkard, Günther (Munich), Maul, Stefan (Heidelberg) and Vössing, Konrad (Aachen), “Library”, 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 13 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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