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Saturday, October 05, 2019

Librarians take these kinds of questions very seriously, so when Atlas Obscura contacted some of our favorite libraries to ask about the oldest books in their collections, we were treated to a wealth of information about the treasures they hold.

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I'm going to have to break the chains on that coffin. I don't what's in there. Wish me luck.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-10-05 12:45 AM | Reply

If you look at the texts written pre-fifth century, most of academics would be embarrassed. At least half are copies of the Bible, portions of it, or commentaries on the same.

#2 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-10-05 07:55 AM | Reply

If only Alexandra survived intact..

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-10-05 09:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

If only Alexandria survived intact..

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92

One can only imagine what information was contained in their hundreds of thousands of scrolls.

A recent documentary crew hired a crew with special equipment who found part of the lighthouse laying in the bay that hadn't been discovered until then.

#4 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-10-05 09:59 AM | Reply

Okay, opening that coffin was not a smart move. Had to put the guy back in it after a brief fight. Sharply dressed though. But then you don't go to your own funeral casually dressed.

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-10-05 12:18 PM | Reply

woke leftist logic
>cuneiform tablets
allow
>ninth-century gospels,
not allow
>a Gutenberg Bible
not allow
>a copy of The Bay Psalm Book, one of the oldest books printed in America.
not allow
>passages from a Buddhist sutra
allow
>a medieval manuscript from 1150, delightfully titled Exposicio Mistica Super Exod
not allow

#6 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-10-06 03:26 AM | Reply

>a 21st century apple tablet containing daguerreotypes of drag queens reading to children in libraries
ALLOW ALLOW ALLOW

#7 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-10-06 03:29 AM | Reply

"Library of Congress
Cuneiform Accounting Tablets
Created: 2050 B.C., Sumeria

Synopsis: The Library of Congress' oldest written material dates far back, beyond the founding of this nation, to more than 4,000 years ago. The collection of cuneiform tablets dates back to the reign of Gudea of Lagash, in the 2100s B.C. The tablets recorded bills of sale, receipts, ledgers, and other accounting tasks."

The Library of Congress is an amazing place. Years ago a looked up some works from my great grandfather. This accounting tablet may look like bread, but it's truly amazing that we can preserve historic relics 4000 years old.

#8 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2019-10-06 03:58 AM | Reply

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