dimanche, juillet 24, 2005

Why Major Books Have Vanished throughout History?

Daily Life Philosophical Questions

There are many possible answers to this question. One of them is that book owners, who held important key works in their collections, also had menial employees. After one's maid comes to organise the library, which had been already carefully and methodically organised, one will never find any important reference ever again during his mortal existence.
The Didache, for instance, took centuries to remerge. Perhaps, the persons, who were in charge to take the dust out of Presbyters' private libraries, had been relocating its samples for centuries and centuries, so that scholars always had trouble in finding it.
(Bryennios had probably fired his helpers and thus became lucky to rediscover it. After all it was not lost. Rather, it was just saved in a place none could guess!)