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Volume IX, Number 2 | spring 2016

Miscellany

Bibliophilic bishop Richard de Bury lamented the burning of the Library of Alexandria. “Who would not shudder at such a hapless holocaust, where ink is offered up instead of blood,” he wrote in 1344, “where the devouring flames consumed so many thousands of innocents?”

It belongs to a nobleman to weep in an hour of disaster.

- Euripides, 412 BC

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