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By Diana Preston

On November 12, 1912, a rescue staff hiking throughout Antarctica's nice Ice Barrier ultimately stumbled on what they sought - the snow-covered tent of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. inside of, they made a grim discovery: Scott's frozen physique lay among the our bodies of 2 fellow explorers. they'd died simply 11 miles from the depot of offers which would have kept them. Why did Scott's meticulously laid plans ultimately result in catastrophe, whereas his rival, Norwegian Roald Amundsen, back thoroughly domestic together with his group after achieving the Pole merely days prior to the British workforce? In a newly revised and up-to-date model of her unique booklet, Diana Preston, returns to Antarctica and explores why Scott's conscientiously deliberate excursion failed, finishing in tragedy.

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227). The location of Hadrian’s library is thus the feature that constitutes the palimpsest of the library in prior antiquity. Here Rome asserts its supremacy over Athens. C ON C LU S I ON The birth of the library in the archaic period may in reality be a proliWc and profuse one.

13 he mentions Andronicus of Rhodes. Through Tyrannio and Andronicus, Strabo becomes a link to Alexandrian learning, and indeed his Geography has as one of its subtexts the research of Eratosthenes, one of the librarians of the Ptolemaic library. Furthermore, once the ancient world has Rome as its centre, there is no longer a library in antiquity; there are instead two libraries, marking a continued recognition of Athens as the origin of cultural power and an endeavour to articulate Rome as a political centre.

Furthermore, the Alexandrian library both invokes and palimpsests prior library traditions in such a way as to establish itself as deriving originary authority from the texts of the Hellenic world. That this is the case becomes obvious from the obsession for the ur-text, or, at least, the text in its Attic form. Galen tells a story that illustrates this. Ptolemy III (Euergetes, 247–222 bc) borrowed texts from Athens in his zeal to acquire all the ancient books (±ðÜíôøí ôHí ðƺÆØHí âØâºßøí). The texts are to be understood as the authorized editions of the great dramatists Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, which the wealthy Athenian orator Lycurgus had required by law to be written out and kept in a public depository for consultation by actors (see Plutarch Moralia 841E–842A).

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