The Only Library Ever Recovered from Antiquity: The 1800 Scrolls of Herculaneum

The Villa of the Papyri is the name given to a private house that was uncovered in the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum. This city, along with nearby Pompeii, is perhaps best remembered for its destruction during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. When the villa was rediscovered, archaeologists were lucky to discover a library of 1800 scrolls. This is the only known library to have survived from the Classical world.

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