Library of Alexandria: Centre of Learning in the Ancient World

Library of Alexandria: Centre of Learning in the Ancient World

by Roy MacLeod
     
 

The Library of Alexandria was one of the greatest cultural adornments of the late ancient world. It contained thousands of scrolls of Greek, Hebrew and Mesopotamian literature, as well as art and artifacts of ancient Egypt. This book brings together a distinguished array of scholars to bring this great institution--tragically destroyed--back to life.
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The Library of Alexandria was one of the greatest cultural adornments of the late ancient world. It contained thousands of scrolls of Greek, Hebrew and Mesopotamian literature, as well as art and artifacts of ancient Egypt. This book brings together a distinguished array of scholars to bring this great institution--tragically destroyed--back to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850435945
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
09/04/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Map of Alexandria
Preface
Introduction : Alexandria in history and myth1
Pt. IAlexandria in history and myth
1Before Alexandria : libraries in the ancient Near East19
2Alexandria : the umbilicus of the ancient world35
3Cloistered bookworms in the chicken-coop of the muses : the ancient library of Alexandria61
4Aristotle's works : the possible origins of the Alexandria collection79
Pt. IIScholarship in the Alexandrian manner
5Doctors in the library : the strange tale of Apollonius the bookworm and other stories95
6The theatre of Paphos and the theatre of Alexandria : some first thoughts115
7Scholars and students in the Roman East127
8The neoplatonists and the mystery schools of the Mediterranean143
9Alexandria and its medieval legacy : the book, the monk and the rose163
Bibliography181
Index191

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