Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Vanished Library: History of the Library of Alexandria. This is an interesting site. It is hosted at Geocities which means it might not be around long but hopefully it will. It tells of the myth and history of the ancient Library of Alexandria, and also covers the topics of the mystery of destruction and the new library. Also includes a quiz, personal presentation outline, and sources/links.

From the site:

The Library of Alexandria was the most famous library of the Hellenistic Age, and it is referred to by some as the "Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World." It was not the first library to be founded (made by Peistratus), but was certainly the first project of the magnitude and kind.

"The first mention we have of the library is in The Letter of Aristeas (ca. 180-145 B.C.E.), a Jewish scholar housed at the Library chronicling the translation of the Septuagint into Greek by seventy-two rabbis." From Perseus.tufts.edu

The library, located in Alexandria, Egypt, was not Egyptian. Alexandria was, as we learned, self-named by the Greek adventurer Alexander the Great. The library was planned and founded by King Ptolemy I (Soter) at the beginning of the third century BCE. However, it was actually created during the reign of his son Ptolemy II (Philidelphus). The initial organization is attributed to Demetrius Phalereus. The library was maintained and augmented by successors. I would like to quote Roy MacLeod from his book, The Library of Alexandria.

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