The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern World

The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern World

by Justin Pollard, Howard Reid


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A short history of nearly everything classical. The foundations of the modern world were laid in Alexandria of Egypt at the turn of the first millennium. In this compulsively readable narrative, Justin Pollard and Howard Reid bring one of history's most fascinating and prolific cities to life, creating a treasure trove of our intellectual and cultural origins. Famous for its lighthouse, its library-the greatest in antiquity-and its fertile intellectual and spiritual life--it was here that Christianity and Islam came to prominence as world religions--Alexandria now takes its rightful place alongside Greece and Rome as a titan of the ancient world. Sparkling with fresh insights on science, philosophy, culture, and invention, this is an irresistible, eye- opening delight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143112518
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 584,576
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Justin Pollard, a freelance writer and producer specializing in historical documentaries, has written for PBS and A&E. He is currently providing script and historical consultancy for Sam Mendes’s upcoming feature film, Tom Fool.

Howard Reid has made award-winning documentaries for National Geographic, the BBC, and Channel 4, including The Story of English. He is the author of five books.

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"Lively and Lucid. The real action [in] the classical world lay in Alexandria. Tells the story of ancient Alexandrian science, Cleopatra, with relish and brio."
-The Weekly Standard

"A marvelous work, a sweeping narrative, as grand as it is unusual, Pollard and Reid breathe life into the dust of philosophers and kings."
-Barry Strauss, author of The Trojan War: A New History and The Battle of Salamis

"Lucid, entertaining, full of exquisite images."
-Michael Hirst, screenwriter of Elizabeth

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The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Rwwillia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lively review of the city that replaced Athens as the center of culture and creative energy for almost one thousand years. Just think what might have happened if the city had flourished ...
SuperReaderChick More than 1 year ago
This book about Alexandria was easy to read and very informative. I enjoyed the flow of the text and the depth with which I was able to learn about so many important people to the history of the world who were somehow connected with Alexandria. It was amazing to learn about all of the knowledge that found its roots in Alexandria. I especially found Chapter 14, which dealt with religion, to be incredibly interesting. I wish there had been more maps and photographs in this text to help supplement the text, but other than that the book was terrific.