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Scriniary

Postby Grogie » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:46 pm

An archivist. ''Many of the important libraries around the world have scriniaries.''
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Postby Slava » Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:23 pm

It wasn't all that easy, but I did manage to come up with wee bit of additional information on this one.

According to the archives of askoxford.com, it's [SKRYE-nee-err-ee] a keeper of the archives, an archivist. From a Latin word meaning 'a box for books and papers; a writing desk'.

Great new obscurity, Grogie, thanks!
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Postby Slava » Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:29 pm

Found more:

A scriniarius was the keeper of the scrinium.

A scrinium was a case, chest, or box for keeping books, papers, letters, etc.; a book-box, letter-case, escritoire.

Under the later emperors, there were four kinds of public scrinia; memoriae, epistolarum, libellorum, and epistolarum Graecarum.

Information gleaned from a Latin-English Lexicon that has been re-bound and lost its title pages. The editor's preface is from 1850, for what that's worth.
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