The Library of Alexandria

The Library of Alexandria

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Overview

The Library of Alexandria was the largest library of its time and a major center for learning and scholarly research, particularly in the fields of astronomy, geography, mathematics, and medicine. Caesar and Cleopatra, Erastosthenes and Euclid, Archimedes and Alexander the Great are just a few of the famous people connected to its story. Today, historians still argue about how the library was destroyed, and no one knows exactly what it looked like, yet there is no question that the library continues to fascinate and intrigue us. This extensively researched look at what we do know about the Library of Alexandria features Kelly Trumble’s short, accessible chapters, and richly detailed full-color paintings by Robina MacIntyre Marshall. Together, they tell the story of one of the wonders of the ancient world, and show how its influence as continued long after its destruction. Glossary, suggested reading, selected bibliography, index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547532899
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 11/17/2003
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kelly Trumble is the author of Cat Mummies and The Library of Alexandria. She lives in Kirkland, Washington, where she has studied library technology, volunteers at an animal shelter, and is finally learning to play the piano.

Table of Contents

1A City of Learning1
2Collecting Books7
3Pergamum11
4Astronomy17
5Geography23
6Mathematics29
7Medicine35
8Decline and Destruction41
9The Fate of the Library of Alexandria47
Map: The Empire of Alexander the Great52
Map: The Roman Empire at Its Largest54
Ptolemy Family Tree (Partial)57
Sites in Ancient Alexandria58
Names and Terms63
Selected Bibliography68
Suggested Reading69
Index70

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