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Libraries of Old

Hi everyone this week I wanted to do about the oldest, but legendary libraries that were built so long ago. I love researching and uncovering things that we now take for granted, but what was it like back then.

5 Ancient Libraries

1. The Library of Ashurbanipal

The library of Ashurbanipal is the world’s oldest known library to date, it was founded during the 7th century B.C. The site itself is located in Nineveh Iraq, which included a treasure trove of 30,000 cuneiform tablets and was organized by subject matter. It contained mostly archival documents, scholarly texts and religious incantations. It also housed many works of literature including the 4,000 year old “Epic of Gilgamesh.” Over time Ashurbanipal compiled works from Babylonia and other places he conquered, which all went into creating this library. Archaeologists had stumbled upon the ruins in the mid to late 19th century and found the majority of its content, which now is kept in the British Museum in London.

2. The Library of Alexandria

When Alexander the Great’s died in 323 B.C. the control of Egypt now had fallen to his former general Ptolemy I Soter, whom sought out a place, so that he could have a learning centre. the end result was the Library of Alexandria which became the intellectual gem of the ancient world. There is not much that is known about the sites layout of the building, but it held over 500,000 papyrus that contains works of literature and texts of history, law, mathematics and science. The library and associated research institute attracted scholars from all sides of the Mediterranean, which saw many living on site.

3. The Library of Pergamum

The Library of Pergamum was constructed in the third century by members of Attalid dynasty, it is located in what now is known as Turkey, that housed 200,000 scrolls and it was situated in the temple complex devoted to Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, that comprises of four rooms, there’s three for the library and all its contents and the fourth was used as a conference room that would hold meetings and banquets.

4. The Villa of the Papyri

The Villa of the Papyri is by know means the largest library of antiquity. This library is just only one whose collections have survived to this present day. It houses 1,800 scrolls that were located in the city of Herculaneum in Rome. The villa was more likely to of been built by Julius Caesars father-in-law Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus. During the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. the library was buried but it was preserved under 90 foot of volcanic material. The scrolls were not discovered until the 18th century and modern researchers have used a variety of things on them, from x-rays to multispectral imaging so they can finally read the scrolls, but there are still a lot that is yet to be deciphered.

5. The Imperial Library of Constantinople

The Imperial Library of Constantinople came into existence in the fourth century A.D. but was under Constantine the Great, it was a small library until the fifth century, by now its collection had grown to a staggering 120,000 scrolls and codices. Due to the neglect of the Imperial Library it continued to wax and wane for several centuries and it was also plagued with having several fires due to the neglect of one of the worlds historical places. Nevertheless its scribes and scholars are now credited in preserving countless pieces of both ancient Greek and Roman literature by making parchments copies of deteriorating papyrus scrolls.

Thank you for taking the time in read this. See you all next week!

The Wonders of The Library

When I walk into a library,
There’s so many books,
Which way should I go?
And where should I look?

As you pick up a book,
What do you see?
When I take a look,
I wonder what will be.

Before I can enter the gates,
I need to decide,
Which one should I take?
For an adventure awaits.

Decisions, decisions,
Is all that it took,
With such precision,
In choosing a book.

Life is just grand,
To travel to faraway lands,
Maybe end up in times of old,
Or finding treasures gold.

But whatever it will be,
I know it was meant for me,
And finally venture,
On one big adventure. .

Enchantment

Stack by stack,
shelf by shelf,
I pick out books
all by myself.

Page by page,
line by line,
word by word,
I make books mine.

With a wave of a card
like a wizard’s right hand
and an alphabet-alchemy,
life
is
just
grand.

By Jane Yolen

National Library Week

Here is some quotes to dedicate to National Library Week.

I don’t have to find treasures. I discover themevery time I visit a library. Michael Embry

You know you’re a bookworm when your ultimate goal in life is to haveyour own special library in your house. Anon

Libraries allowchildren to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And thewonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors tolearning are always open. Laura Bush, Former First Lady

At the moment thatwe persuade a child… To cross… That magic threshold into a library, wechange their lives forever, for the better, it’s an enormous force for good. BarackObama

Why do you love thelibrary more than your home? Because there, every brick has a story to tell. Tangled

The world is full ofmagical places, and the library has always been one of them for me. A librarycan be that special place for our children. Julie Andrews

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges

A good library willnever be too neat, or too dusty because somebody will always be in it. Takingbooks off the shelves and staying up late reading them Anon

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. Henry Ward Beecher

If you have a gardenand a library, you have everything you need. Marcus Tullius Cicero

The only thing thatyou absolutely have to know is the location of the library. Albert Einstein

A library is a place vibrating with ideas. Nancy Kunhardt Lodge

You want weapons?We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s thegreatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself! The Doctor

Libraries alwaysremind me that there are good things in this world. Anon

Libraries are sacred time machines where knowledge flows and magic is eternal. Mari Barnes

A library is thedelivery room for the birthplace of ideas, a place where history comes to life.Norman Cousins

A library is a goodplace to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may findencouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feelbewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your questionanswered. Books are good company, in sad times, and happy times, for books arepeople – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers ofa book. E.B. White

A library is a house of hope. It’s a place where we all, whatever our situation, can feed our ideas and develop our dreams. Doug Wilhelm

Libraries are thekeepers of our history as well as the promoters of a literate and well-educatedfuture for the people of the world. Grace Meeth

I often wonder whatmy life would be like without the use of a library. Throughout my education andcareer, public and private libraries have been not only the key to much of theknowledge I have acquired, but also have given me a direction within myprofession. The best thing about the library is that it is available not onlyto me but to everyone. It does not discriminate. David Horowitz

Libraries will get you through times of no money, better than money will get you through times of no libraries. Anne Herbert

Visit the library!Borrow the beauty… Keep the knowledge. Anon

Libraries were fullof ideas, perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons. Sarah J.Maas

We all love to hear a good story. We save our stories in books. We save our books in libraries. Libraries are the story-houses full of all those stories and secrets. Kathy Bates

See you next week!