This week (September 25-October 1, 2016) is banned books week. Over on the Forbes Blog, I discuss the import of celebrating the freedom to read any book that we want. This is despite the fact that written works continue to be censored and removed from public libraries even today. I discuss just a few of the works that were burned, censored, or banned completely in antiquity and the middle ages, and mention a new book I am reading, Dirk Rohmann’s Christianity, Book-Burning and Censorship in Late Antiquity : Studies in Text Transmission. Head on over to the ALA’s list of censored texts and pick a banned book to read this week!

Side note: The Sibyl of Cumae was clearly  extremely buff to the mind of Michelangelo (see image above), but I like to think it is from lifting all those books all the time. #libraryworkouts