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There's a wealthy physique of encyclopaedic writing which survives from the 2 millennia sooner than the Enlightenment. This booklet sheds new gentle on that fabric. It lines the advance of traditions of information ordering which stretched again to Pliny and Varro and others within the classical global. it really works with a wide proposal of encyclopaedism, resisting the concept that there has been any transparent pre-modern style of the 'encyclopaedia', and exhibiting as an alternative how the rhetoric and strategies of complete compilation left their mark on a shocking variety of texts. within the approach it attracts consciousness to either impressive similarities and amazing modifications among conventions of encyclopaedic compilation in numerous sessions, with a spotlight totally on European/Mediterranean tradition. The e-book covers classical, medieval (including Byzantine and Arabic) and Renaissance tradition in flip, and combines chapters which survey entire sessions with others concentrated heavily on person texts as case stories.

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