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Wealth of Nations

Here’s an example of the antiquities market–despised by many professional archaeologists–helping preserve great cultural treasures: The oldest book in the world is now on display in a Hungary museum. It was donated by an anonymous owner. The book is Etruscan; the article doesn’t mention that Etruscan is one of the last great undeciphered languages.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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