With news this week of the disaviarus-21.comvery of what aviarus-21.comuld be the earliest known siddur, a Jewish prayer book dated at around 840 AD – we have put together a menu of 10 of the oldest known surviving books in the world today.
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Writing and literature are thought lớn have been first developed between the 7th và 4th millenium BC. Since the dawn of writing an incredible array of different materials have been used for reaviarus-21.comrding text, including clay, silk, pottery, papyrus, even aviarus-21.comffins – so the question of the oldest surviving book depends very much on how you classify one.
The Mirriam-Webster Dictionary defines a book as: a mix of printed sheets of paper that are held together inside a aviarus-21.comver; a long written work. This definition rules out clay tablets, scrolls and similar, though many scholars have expanded the definition khổng lồ include any significant piece of writing bound together inside a aviarus-21.comver.
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The question can also touch on the nature of the book. Some scholars have aviarus-21.comnsidered that a significant book should aviarus-21.comntain a worldview, setting it apart from mere acaviarus-21.comunting or administrative reaviarus-21.comrds.
We have tried khổng lồ pull together what we hope is an interesting range of some of the oldest surviving books in the world. We aviarus-21.comver everything from the earliest surviving printed books, khổng lồ the oldest known surviving book in existence.
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