Books and Readers in Ancient Greece and Rome by F G Kenyon

By F G Kenyon

First version. With 4 chapters: using Books in historic Greece, The Papyrus Roll, Books and interpreting at Rome and Vellum and the Codex. Illustrated. Jacket tape repaired with chipping. viii, 136 pages. fabric, dirt jacket.. small 8vo..

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C. Thevellum is of good quality, and the writing not inferior to or markedly different in style from contemporary writing on papyrus in Egypt. These documents are therefore of a date near the beginning of the reign ofEumenes 11, and from a place so far distant from Pergamum that the use ofthis material cannot be the result ofEumenes' action. I t is evident that what Eumenes did was to develop for literary purposesthe use ofa material already otherwise in existence. 1t is not to be supposed, however, that vellum at once became a rival to papyrus in the book-trade generally .

This was not a phenomenon of long duration, but, as will appear, it is of special interest in connexion with Christian literature, particularly the Bible. I twill be convenient, and in accordance with chronology, to begin the story with the material. The use of the skins of animals, in the form of tanned hides or leather, has been already referred to. Vellum, or parchment, is a material also produced from skins, but by a different process and with very different results. I t was prepared generally from the skins of cattle, sheep, and goats, and especially from the young of these species, calves, lambs, and kids.

56), to which my attention was drawn by Professor H. E. tant, quas primus videtur ad paginas et formam memorialis libelli convertisse, cum antea consules et duces nonnisi transversa charta scriptas mitterent. ' Caesar's predecessors had contented themselves with writing their dispatches across the width of a sheet of papyrus, in one broad column. Caesar (writing probably at greater length) sent his in the form of a small roll, with columns of the narrow width usual in works of prose literature.

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