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As Europe struggles with an identity crisis, a new exhibition in Rome looks at the birth of European culture through ancient manuscripts and the earliest printed books, including a first edition of Dante's Divine Comedy.Nearly 190 works are displayed in the library of the prestigious Lincean Academy in Rome's Trastevere district, a science academy founded in 1603 and named after the lynx, an animal with the sharp vision science demands. Books, manuscripts, codices and encyclopedias in Latin, Greek, Chaldean, Arabic and Hebrew, borrowed from Roman and Vatican libraries, are on display in over 40 display cases – eight of which are bulletproof.For over 1,000 years after the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, culture in Europe developed and spread largely through ecclesiastical institutions, with the bible "a leading source of inculturation" – the way Church teachings are presented to non-Christian cultures.
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