Library of Alexandria: Centre of Learning in the Ancient World

Library of Alexandria: Centre of Learning in the Ancient World

by Roy MacLeod
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I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited

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Library of Alexandria: Centre of Learning in the Ancient World

The Library of Alexandria was one of the greatest cultural adornments of the late ancient world, containing thousands of scrolls of Greek, Hebrew and Mesopotamian literature and art and artifacts of ancient Egypt. This book demonstrates that Alexandria became--through the contemporary reputation of its library--a point of confluence for Greek, Roman, Jewish and Syrian culture that drew scholars and statesmen from throughout the ancient world. It also explores the histories of Alexander the Great and of Alexandria itself, the greatest city of the ancient world. This new paperback edition offers general readers an accessible introduction to the history of this magnificent yet still mysterious institution from the time of its foundation up to its tragic destruction.

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ISBN-13: 9781850435945
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 09/04/2004
Edition description: REV
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 857,636
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Ismail Serageldin
• Introduction: Alexandria in History and Myth
Part I: Alexandria in History and Myth
• Before Alexandria: Libraries in the Ancient Near East
• Alexandria: The Umbilicus of the Ancient World
• Cloistered Bookworms in the Chicken-Coop of the Muses: The Ancient Library of Alexandria
• Aristotle’s Works: The Possible Origins of the Alexandria Collection
Part II: Scholarship in the Alexandrian Manner
• Doctors in the Library: The Strange Tale of Apollonius the Bookworm and Other Stories
• The Theatre of Paphos and the Theatre of Alexandria: Some First Thoughts
• Scholars and Students in the Roman East
• The Neoplatonists and the Mystery Schools of the Mediterranean
• Alexandria and its Medieval Legacy: The Book, the Monk and the Rose

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