Gareth Long - Loeb

Loeb

2012
45 24"
UV inkjet print on aluminum

A drawing that takes as its subject the Loeb Classical Library, a series publishing the most important Ancient Greek and Latin literary texts. With its straightforward English translations and colour coding (green for Greek and red for Latin), the series wasn't meant for serious academic research, but to make the world of classical literature accessible to the layman. In 1917, Virginia Woolf noted, 'The existence of the amateur was recognized by the publication of this Library, and to a great extent made respectable...'. The drawing is arranged to reflect the order of the 519 volumes published by the Loeb Classical Library to date.