Clarence Eugene Boyd
Publisher: TheClassics.us (September 12, 2013)
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This ancient publication can have quite a few typos and lacking textual content. dealers can often obtain a loose scanned reproduction of the unique booklet (without typos) from the writer. no longer listed. no longer illustrated. 1915 version. Excerpt: ... advent the belief of founding public libraries within the capital of the Roman Empire originated with Julius Caesar: the particular attention of this concept was once effected by means of Augustus. within the period of peace, so auspiciously dawning yet quickly so ruthlessly disturbed, not one of the dictator's plans for the improvement of Rome used to be extra major than that of instituting libraries for public patronage. Caesar had no doubt lengthy due to the fact realized to understand the worth of the general public libraries already demonstrated in vital literary facilities in Asia Minor, Egypt, and Greece, and will for that reason simply foresee the functionality they have been destined to accomplish one of the Romans themselves. A twofold cause on Caesar's half is decided forth through Suetonius:1 first, to lessen all current codes of civil legislation to a extra simplified shape through extracting basically the fundamental good points and mixing them in a decide upon sequence of felony records; and, secondly, to throw open to public use as many libraries2 as attainable, either Greek and Latin, the obligation of organizing and dealing with them to devolve upon Marcus Terentius Varro. sooner than so useful an project should be done, in spite of the fact that, political stipulations without warning replaced. Caesar used to be assassinated, and Varro,3 likewise thwarted via his enemies, suffered by the hands of the proscriptionists--events which augured in poor health for the furtherance of literary pursuits at Rome. yet, thankfully, the affairs of the recent Empire have been to be administered through a successor whose ambition lay towards literary in addition to political supremacy. Emphasizing the calls for of literature and tradition, Augustus started at an earlydate to consummate the scheme already proposed on the subject of public libraries. For it was once via his suggestion and encouragement that C....