Library of Alexandria: Centre of Learning in the Ancient World

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Overview

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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"This is a valuable addition to the literature on the Alexandrian library..." --Libraries and Culture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850435945
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/4/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy MacLeod is Professor of History, University of Sydney.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Map of Alexandria
Preface
Introduction : Alexandria in history and myth 1
Pt. I Alexandria in history and myth
1 Before Alexandria : libraries in the ancient Near East 19
2 Alexandria : the umbilicus of the ancient world 35
3 Cloistered bookworms in the chicken-coop of the muses : the ancient library of Alexandria 61
4 Aristotle's works : the possible origins of the Alexandria collection 79
Pt. II Scholarship in the Alexandrian manner
5 Doctors in the library : the strange tale of Apollonius the bookworm and other stories 95
6 The theatre of Paphos and the theatre of Alexandria : some first thoughts 115
7 Scholars and students in the Roman East 127
8 The neoplatonists and the mystery schools of the Mediterranean 143
9 Alexandria and its medieval legacy : the book, the monk and the rose 163
Bibliography 181
Index 191
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