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The Burning of books

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The punishments of authors deserve a separate chapter; for since the days of Greece and Rome their woes have been many. The burning of condemned books begun in those ancient states. In the days of Augustus no less than twenty thousand volumes were consumed; among them, all the works of Labienus, who, in despair thereat, refused food, pined and died.

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Project Gutenberg's Curious Punishments of Bygone Days, by Alice Morse Earle Originally published 1896
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