Library Lesson Links
Documenting the History of Libraries
Fill in the blank by finding the source of information indicated by the parenthetical notation and the bibliography:
1. Walls of the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina are decorated "with characters from the alphabets of ancient languages of the world, from Mesopotamian _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ to Mayan hieroglyphs" (Gibb).
2. A library of 30 000 clay tablets dating back approximately _ _ _ _ years was found at the site of the ancient Sumerian city of of Nippur (Aman 12: 257).
3. The inscription above the door of the ancient Egyptian library of "Ozymandias" (Ramses II, 1279-1213 B.C.) translates as "Clinic for the _ _ _ _" (Casson 16).
4. Regarding the ancient library of Alexandria, the American astrophysicist, Carl Sagan is reported to have said, "This legendary library was the mind and glory of the greatest city on earth, and was the first center for scientific research in the history of the world. Here scientific studies reached adulthood. Here _ _ _ _ _ _ flourished" (Moll).
5. Parchment was developed in _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ because a ban had been placed on the export of papyrus from Egypt ("Libraries" 22: 948).
6. Asinius _ _ _ _ _ _, a friend of Caesar, established the first public library in Rome, thus making "men's talents public property" (Tolzmann 13).
7. The ancient Roman Villa of the _ _ _ _ _ _ in Herculaneum contained a private library from which 1800 to 2000 scrolls, mostly philosophical works in Greek, have been excavated (Dickson).
8. Matthew Battles explains that much of the expansion of the British library can be attributed to its role as _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ registrar (122).
9. The world's oldest printed book, which pre-dates the Gutenberg Bible by 80 years, is a collection of Buddhist texts from _ _ _ _ _ printed in 1377 ("Book Battle").
10. Responding to the problems of storage of large volumes in . . . private libraries, Aldus, a Venetian printer, began producing pocket-sized _ _ _ _ _ _ _ books in 1501 (Manguel 137).
Aman, Mohammed M. et. al. "Library." The World Book Encyclopedia. 1995.
Battles, Matthew. Library: An Unquiet History. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2003.
"Book battle: (South Korea demands back 293 ancient Korean manuscripts housed in Paris's National Library)." New
Internationalist. Nov. 2000: 6. C.P.I.Q. Thomson-Gale. Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S. Library. 13 Oct. 2004.
Casson, Lionel. Libraries in the Ancient World. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2002.
Dickson, Iain. "Herculaneum." Visitors¹ Articles. 3 Aug. 2004. The Illustrated History of the Roman Empire.
9 Nov. 2004
Gibb, Camilla. "Reviving Alexandria's legacy: almost 1,6000 years after it burned to the ground, the greatest library of the ancient
world has been rebuilt." Globe and Mail. 19 Oct. 2002: n.p. C.P.I.Q. Thomson-Gale. Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S. Library. 13 Oct. 2004.
"Libraries." The New Encyclopedia Britannica. 2003.
Manguel, Alberto. A History of Reading. Toronto: Random House, 1998.
Moll, Yasmin. "A City Reborn." Egypt Today. 10 May 2004: n.p. Canadian Reference Centre. EBSCO. Sir
Wilfrid Laurier S.S. Library. 13 Oct. 2004.
Tolzmann, Don Heinrich. The Memory of Mankind. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2001.