Education: Oxford's Ancient Quality Act

At age 500, the University Press just keeps rollin 'along

Fourteen years before Columbus sighted America—in 1478, to be precise —the first book cranked off the press of a printer named Theodoric Rood in Oxford, England. Its title was Expositio Sancti Hieronymi in Symbolum Apostulorum. Its subject was the Apostles' Creed, and it marked the birth of what would become the oldest and most venerable publishing house in the English-speaking world: the Oxford University Press.

Five hundred years later, the press is still in the classics business; Ovid's Ars Amatoria, Book I, for example,...

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