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by sayedaburas

Alexander the Great's dream of unifying the world sparked the idea of constructing a great library which would gather the cultures and civilisations of the whole world. The location of this great library was Alexandria, Egypt, at the crossroads of the three continents of Asia, Africa and Europe.

Around 295 B.C., the scholar Demetrius of Phalerum convinced the new pharaoh, Ptolemy I Soter, that Alexandria could rival Athens as a center of culture and learning—by establishing a library that would house all the books in the world.

History says that the Ptolemies became so hungry for knowledge that they seized books from every ship that came into harbour. They made a copy for the ship but kept the originals for themselves.

The library housed the masterpieces of classical civilization: the works of Aristotle and Plato; original manuscripts of Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides; Egyptian treatises on astronomy and medicine; Buddhist texts; and the first translations of the Hebrew scriptures. Eventually historians believe Alexandria amassed 700,000 scrolls

Address: The Royal Quarter?
Directions: "Dum spiro spero" = "As long as I breathe, I keep on hoping"

Excavations will one day discover its traces... Let us hope.

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  • Written May 9, 2005
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