By Sean McMahon
Swap is continuing in human affairs and eire has noticeable its fair proportion over the centuries. If we're to appreciate Ireland's present demanding situations then we needs to grab the complexity of its previous. This concise and even-handed account describes the heritage of eire from early instances. dependent upon updated study, the narrative covers all political, social and cultural problems with value, correct as much as the fall of 1995 with the stopover at of President Clinton and the tip of the 1st 12 months of peace in Northern eire.
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Its west side was open, affording a view of the valley of the Selinus. On the other three sides it was enclosed with stoas, covered walkways attached to the surrounding buildings. These were adorned with columns and statuary. Where they opened into the courtyard, hangings protected visitors from the sun. Behind the north stoa lay a series of rooms housing the Pergamene Library. In the largest of these stood a twelve-foot-high statue of Athena, who was goddess of wisdom as well as patron of the city.
The empire did not fall overnight; indeed, a remnant of Rome held out in Constantinople for another thousand years. And Roman culture did not 38 / The Story of Libraries vanish from the western Mediterranean in an instant. Though the intellectual life of the cities might have declined, the countryside was not a cultural desert. Roman aristocrats had always spent much of their time on their country estates, where literature was considered a pursuit excellently suited to a gentleman. During the reign of Theodoric (493-526), who brought peace to northern Italy, both Romans and Ostrogoths read and collected books.
Acting on imperial orders, the monasteries translated the essential works of the Christian faith (the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Benedictine Rule) into German, so that neither layman nor religious would be ignorant of its basic principles. Charlemagne's concern for the monastic propagation of knowledge extended to the smallest details: he even ordered that monasteries be provided with forests, where game might be hunted to furnish leather for bookbinding. Alcuin stoutly upheld the value of secular books, maintaining that the knowledge they contained could be used to further the purposes of the Church.
A Short History of Ireland by Sean McMahon