There's a wealthy physique of encyclopaedic writing which survives from the 2 millennia sooner than the Enlightenment. This publication sheds new gentle on that fabric. It strains the advance of traditions of knowledge-ordering which stretched again to Pliny and Varro and others within the classical international. it really works with a extensive notion of encyclopaedism, resisting the concept there has been any transparent pre-modern style of the encyclopaedia, and exhibiting as an alternative how the rhetoric and methods of accomplished compilation left their mark on a shocking variety of texts. within the approach it attracts recognition to either impressive similarities and extraordinary alterations among conventions of encyclopaedic compilation in several sessions. the point of interest is totally on European/Mediterranean tradition. The publication covers classical, medieval (including Byzantine and Arabic) and Renaissance tradition in flip, and combines chapters which survey complete classes with others concentrated heavily on person texts as case experiences.
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V. Aristotle and Aristotelianism. 14 Barnes (1997) 32–3. 15 Barnes (2000) 62. See Keen in chapter 14. Cf. Fowler (1997) 17–19, who similarly sees the kind of encyclopaedism which attempts full coverage of the world in a single text as a Roman idea, hard to parallel in full in the Greek tradition. Encyclopaedism in the Roman empire The classical bookworld What then made the late republic and the early empire so distinctive as fruitful grounds for encyclopaedism? 18 Here, however, we want to address a rather different issue.
He sets his own engagement with the bookworld within a long tradition. He and 28 29 Figures from note 1 of MacMullen (1982). The estimates were based on the first edition of the Thesaurus linguae graecae canon which at that point extended only to 200 CE. See Harries, chapter 8. Encyclopaedism in the Roman empire Lollius are represented as embodying conventional contrasts, of rhetoric versus poetics, of officium as opposed to otium, of a busy life in the capital versus more measured philosophical reflection outside it.
3 To take just one example, Strabo lists Homer first among those philosophers interested in geography, and as the founder of the science: First of all I must state that we and our predecessors, among whom I include Hipparchos, consider that Homer was the founder (archˆegetˆes) of the science of geography: for he has not only surpassed all other men, past and present, in terms of the quality of his poetry, but also in terms of his knowledge of public life. For this reason he did not only concern himself with political life, so that he could become an expert and pass on his knowledge to posterity, but he also became an expert on every place and on the shape of the world as a whole, both lands and seas.