By John Stuart Clark
In 1849, numerous hundred thousand americans and Europeans all started streaming throughout ‘The nice American Desert’ certain for the gold fields of California. Their dream was once to strike it wealthy, but when the Gold Rush epitomizes the yank Dream, their trek throughout the barren region grew to become the worst of nightmares. a hundred and fifty years later, British biking journalist John Stuart Clark retraces an analogous roads, rivers and trails taken through the 40 Niners, suffering throughout 3,000 miles of inhospitable terrain, fighting violent sandstorms and withering warmth. biking the place no sane individual would select to cycle, at a time while the fiercest twister and worst university bloodbath on checklist shake the kingdom, Clark tells the tales of these he encounters with an unusual sensitivity and knowing. half travelogue, half social background, all particularly good written, this is often the undying tale of a country taking inventory of itself and the yankee Dream.
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Books on practical topics-architecture, surveying, agriculture, medicine, the art of war-helped to train the bureaucracy that ran the empire. Charlemagne expanded the Palace School, which had previously existed to tutor royal children, into a training college for leaders of church and state, and placed Alcuin at its head. Under Charlemagne's direction and Alcuin's administration, monasteries played an increasing role in the multiplication of books and the teaching of letters. "6 Teachers of grammar and music were to be appointed, so that in speech, writing, and chant the message of the Church might be made as attractive as possible to all men.
Scientific works were produced in large format, while smaller rolls were used for poetry. Books were brought to the reading rooms for use there; they did not circulate except to the emperor and his intimates. LIBRARIES OF CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY / 35 Roman libraries were not limited to the capital; they were found in provincial cities and resort towns across the empire. Many were located within public baths, which served as social and cultural centers. In the larger ones care was taken to keep the scrolls well away from the steam baths, lest the highly absorbent papyrus be damaged by moisture.
So came to an end the one library that aspired to competition with Alexandria. This is not to say that other Greek cities did not have their libraries. Pella, the capital of Macedonia, was an active center of scholarship. "g ROME CONQUERED GREECE, and at the same time Greece conquered Rome. Rome first involved herself in Hellenic affairs to protect the Greek citystates from Macedonian domination; but she soon grew accustomed to interfering in the internal affairs of her Greek clients. Closer to home, she annexed the Greek cities of the Italian peninsula and Sicily.
After the Gold Rush: A Bicycle Journey Through American History by John Stuart Clark