The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found

Violet Moller (Author)

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$17.95  $16.51
Anchor Books
Publish Date
April 14, 2020
5.4 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

VIOLET MOLLER is a historian and writer based near Oxford, England. She received a PhD in intellectual history from Edinburgh University, where she wrote her dissertation on the library of a sixteenth century scholar. She has written three pop reference books for the publishing arm of the Bodleian Library. The Map of Knowledge is her first narrative history.


"Moller brings to life the ways in which knowledge reached us from antiquity to the present day in a book that is as delightful as it is readable." --Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads

"Superb. . . . Ambitious but concise, deeply researched but elegantly written, and very entertaining, The Map of Knowledge is popular intellectual history at its best." --The Telegraph (UK)

"An endlessly fascinating book, rich in detail, capacious and humane in vision." --Stephen Greenblatt, author of Swerve: How the World Became Modern

"The reader is invited to marvel at how multicultural the ancient world was, and to consider how the foundational knowledge of the Western world . . . was painstakingly preserved, analyzed, and innovated upon for almost 1,000 years." --The Washington Post

"Fascinating. . . . A picturesque tour of a series of fabulously wealthy civilizations. . . . Moller brings the wonders of the medieval Muslim empires vividly to life and you're left yearning for more." --The Times (London)

"Unusual and well-crafted. . . . An impressive, wide-ranging examination of what might be called premodern intellectual and cultural geography." --Publishers Weekly

"An epic treasure hunt into the highways and byways of stored knowledge across faiths and continents." --John Agard, poet and judge, Royal Society of Literature 2016 Jerwood Award