Encyclopaedism from Antiquity to the Renaissance

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There is a rich body of encyclopaedic writing which survives from the two millennia before the Enlightenment. This book sheds new light on that material. It traces the development of traditions of knowledge ordering which stretched back to Pliny and Varro and others in the classical world. It works with a broad concept of encyclopaedism, resisting the idea that there was any clear pre-modern genre of the 'encyclopaedia', and showing instead how the rhetoric and techniques of comprehensive compilation left their mark on a ...

Encyclopaedism from Antiquity to the Renaissance 2013, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107038233