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Ashurbanipal's library

Ashurbanipal's library  

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Wishing to raise cultural standards, Ashurbanipal, king of Assyria (668–628bc), decided to establish a library at Nineveh. He therefore sent agents out to every corner of the empire to gather ...
bureaucracy

bureaucracy  

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[De]A type of organization marked by a clear hierarchy of authority, the existence of written rules of procedure, and staffed by full‐time, salaried officials. Often held to be one of the ...
contrapuntal reading

contrapuntal reading  

Borrowed from music, where it refers to the relationship between themes (e.g. the relation between the famous ‘da-da-da-dum’ in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and its subsequent exploration), this term ...
George Cockburn Henderson

George Cockburn Henderson  

(1870–1944)occupied the chair of modern history and English at the University of Adelaide from 1902 to 1924, and subsequently held posts at the University of Sydney, making forays into ...
Greek Inscriptions

Greek Inscriptions  

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The term “inscription” refers to the engraving—chiefly on stone or metal—of texts intended for public viewing; the term “epigraphy” refers to the study of such inscriptions. Inscriptions on marble or ...
Greek letters

Greek letters  

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Letters in the Greek world could be written on metal, wax-coated wood, fragments of earthenware, animal skin, and (above all) papyrus (see books, Greek and Roman); a very early surviving ...
Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida  

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(1930–2004)French philosopher of poststructuralism, who introduced the philosophical and literary method known as deconstruction.Like his contemporary Althusser, Derrida was a native of Algiers who ...
James Bonwick

James Bonwick  

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(1817–1906),born Lingfield, England, was educated in London and began a career in teaching in 1833. In 1841, pledged to the Nonconformist and temperance causes, he arrived in Hobart and ...
Judges' notebooks

Judges' notebooks  

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High Court Justices, like other holders of judicial office, receive notebooks in which to record their notes of argument and (rarely) of evidence taken in the original jurisdiction of the ...
Latin Inscriptions

Latin Inscriptions  

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The term “inscription” denotes a text written on a surface other than those used for preserving ancient literature (mostly papyri or parchment). The most common material used for Latin inscriptions ...
lex

lex  

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(pl. lēgēs), primarily, a statute, passed by one of the assemblies of the Roman people; the lex Hortensia of 287 bc conferred the force of statute on measures passed by a meeting of the plebs, and ...
libraries

libraries  

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By the end of the 5th cent. bc, books were no rarity, even if some regarded them as a fad of intellectuals like Euripides; Athens had booksellers, and exports reached the Black (Euxine) Sea. ...
Mount Athos

Mount Athos  

A narrow, mountainous peninsula in NE Greece, projecting into the Aegean Sea. It is inhabited by monks of the Orthodox Church, who forbid women and even female animals to set foot on the peninsula.
National Library of Greece

National Library of Greece  

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Housed in a neoclassical building designed by Theophilus Hansen, the National Library in Athens was funded by the brothers Panayis, Marinos, and Andres Vallianos and opened in 1903. It contains ...
prytaneion

prytaneion  

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[MC]A Greek town hall in which a fire was always kept burning on the altar of Hestia as a sign of the city's continuity with its past.
prytaneis

prytaneis  

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Means ‘presidents’, sing. prytanis. In Athens the boule, after it was reorganized in 508/7 bc by Cleisthenes (2), consisted of 50 men chosen by lot from each of the ten phylai, and each group of 50 ...
record

record  

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The documents constituting an authentic account of the proceedings before a court, including the claim form or other originating process, the statements of case, and the judgment or order, but ...
Rēgia

Rēgia  

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Traditionally the home of King Numa (see rex), was situated at the east end of the forum Romanum, between the via Sacra and the precinct of Vesta. Under the republic it was the seat of authority of ...
Robert Darnton

Robert Darnton  

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 (1939– ) American historian.Specializing in 18th-century French book history, Darnton charted the role of books (and attempts at their suppression) in the European Enlightenment and the French ...
Roman Literacy

Roman Literacy  

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The Greeks traded extensively with the Etruscans in Italy, and the movement of the alphabet from Greece to Etruria, and from Etruria to Rome, was swift. Inscriptions from as early ...

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