Renaissance miniaturists often depicted scholars as isolated figures - immured in libraries, working alone at desks laden with classical codices, and accompanied, if at all, by a sleeping lion. [...] In fact, [...] scholars rarely lived, and never worked, alone. they renewed the traditionally monastic customs and usages of academic life. And they created new forms of intellectual sociability and new academic institutions.Anthony Grafton, The Past as Revelation. I like this story: I have a pendant with a seal of a lion on it.
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