The Library of Alexandria: Centre of Learning in the Ancient World

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 14 gen 2005 - 208 pagine
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 artefacts 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.

'Fascinating - [and] - should appeal to the general as well as the academic reader.'
- The Anglo-Hellenic Review

'Informative, assiduously researched and exhaustively stimulating.'
- Library Review

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Recensione dell'utente  - Elizabeth Sulzby - Goodreads

This is an edited volume by scholars from Australia. I've read a number of the chapters or similar material elsewhere. I plan to read it selectively alongside The Rise and Fall of Alexandria. I am ... Leggi recensione completa

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Informazioni sull'autore (2005)

Roy MacLeod is Professor of History, University of Sydney.

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