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The Library At Alexandria

June 25, 2020

Thursday Thoughts….


What is the worst disaster to befall mankind? It’s not a trick question; there have been many. My answer is the loss of the library at Alexandria, Egypt.

Alexandria lies at the isthmus of the Nile River as it enters the Mediterranean Sea. It was founded by Alexander the Great as one of the many “Alexandrias” he fostered. It served as the capital of the new Hellenized Egypt after 305 BC under Ptolemy I.

The library was created by Ptolemy I (Soter) who was a Macedonian general and the one of the successors of Alexander The Great. Most of the books were kept as papyrus scrolls, and though it is unknown exactly how many such scrolls were housed at any given time, their combined value was incalculable even in ancient times. By some accounts over 400,000 scrolls were houses in this library, making it one of the largest libraries in the ancient word.

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