VIOLET MOLLER is a historian and writer based in 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.
"A lovely debut from a gifted young author. Violet 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
"Through Moller's imagination, the reader is invited to
marvel at how multicultural the ancient world was, and to consider
how the foundational knowledge of the Western world did not simply
leap from the ancient Greeks to modern times but was painstakingly
preserved, analyzed and innovated upon for almost 1,000 years."
--Rachel Newcomb, Washington Post "A sumptuous, glittering, endlessly fascinating book, written with passion, verve, and humor."
--Catherine Nixey, author of The Darkening Age "Superb . . . Ambitious but concise, deeply researched but elegantly written, and very entertaining, The Map of Knowledge is popular intellectual history at its best."
--Tim Smith-Laing, The Telegraph (UK) "Euclid's Elements is the seed from which my subject of mathematics grew. Thanks to this fascinating and meticulous account, I've had a glimpse of just how Euclid's text, together with works by Ptolemy and Galen, blossomed as they wound their way through the centuries and the seven cities at the heart of Violet Moller's book. What an adventure."
--Marcus du Sautoy, professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford and author of The Music of the Primes "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 "An exceptionally bold and important book"
--Daisy Hay, author of Young Romantics and judge, Royal Society of Literature 2016 Jerwood Award
"The author meticulously and enthusiastically unwinds the 'dense, tangled undergrowth of manuscript history' in seven cities . . . Moller enlivens her history with stories about young scholars who dedicated their lives to preserving these valuable texts . . . A dramatic story of how civilization was passed on and preserved."