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Book: The Pharaoh's Treasure - The Origin of Paper and the Rise of Western Civilization by John Gaudet

Book: The Pharaoh's Treasure - The Origin of Paper and the Rise of Western Civilization by John Gaudet

categories: Book, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Bible, Paper, Libraries, Afterlife, Immortality, Scribes, Cicero, Paul the Apostle, Facsimiles, Parchment, History of Paper


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Author John Gaudetabout this book: A new perspective on the history of paper from its origins in Egypt to its spread throughout the Western world, The Pharaoh's Treasure relates the story of how papyrus paper lent itself to the task of producing scrolls, books and Bibles, and in doing so, helped revolutionize the world. It was with the advent of papyrus paper that the ability to record and transmit information exploded, allowing for an exchanging of ideas from the banks of the Nile throughout the Mediterranean and the civilized world for the first time in human history. Once people got used to being able to record and transmit information so easily, the medium might change, parchment or pulp paper might come or go, but this habit and expectation of writing things down became a hallmark of civilized life. In other words, we are what we are not in spite of this paper, but because of it. "A lively overview of a medium that was central to public and private life in the ancient world..." Kirkus Reviews, 2018

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