Sometime in the first few centuries C.E., the first bound books—termed codices—revolutionized the way people read the words of prophets, kings, scribes and thinkers.* Unlike lengthy, cumbersome ancient scrolls, which had to be unrolled to be read, bound volumes of parchment leaves provided portability and convenience and, more importantly, allowed for nonlinear reading—the ability to jump from section to section and compare different passages almost instantaneously. In an article for the New York Times Sunday Book Review, author and book critic Lev Grossman reflects on the remarkable technological shift that occurred nearly 2,000 years ago and whether the growing popularity of e-readers will mark a similar shaft in how we read.
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R. Steven Notley and Jeffrey P. García explore Queen Helena’s Jerusalem tomb and the recently excavated Jerusalem palace that might belong to her.
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It was a chance discovery that reshaped our understanding of the Chalcolithic period. In 1961, archaeologist Pessah Bar-Adon was exploring a diffcult-to-access cave near the Dead Sea and noticed something wedged in a crevice. Removing the bundle—wrapped carefully in a straw mat—he discovered a hoard of more than 400 bronze, copper, ivory and stone objects from the Chalcolithic period, including crowns, scepters and mace heads.
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Megan Sauter reviews "The Art of Empathy: The Mother of Sorrows in Northern Renaissance Art and Devotion" by David S. Areford.