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The Library of Alexandria : centre of learning in the ancient world

Author: Roy M MacLeod
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : In the U.S.A. and Canada distributed by St. Martin's Press, 2000.
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"The Library of Alexandria explores one of the greatest cultural adornments of the late ancient world. The origins of the 'vanished library' of Alexandria lie in the distant echoes of the great library of Pisistratus in Athens, an institution which set the tone for establishing a dominant culture and inspired Alexander the Great to build a library of his own in his empire's most important city." "Roy MacLeod has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roy M MacLeod
ISBN: 1860644287 9781860644283 1860648215 9781860648212 9781850435945 1850435944
OCLC Number: 43600509
Description: xii, 196 pages : map ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : Alexandria in history and myth / Roy MacLeod --
pt. 1. Alexandria in history and myth. Ch. 1. Before Alexandria : libraries in the Ancient Near East / D.T. Potts ; Ch. 2. Alexandria : the umbilicus of the ancient world / Wendy Brazil ; Ch. 3. Cloistered bookworms in the chicken-coop of the muses : the ancient library of Alexandria / Robert Barnes ; Ch. 4. Aristotle's works : the possible origins of the Alexandria collection / R.G. Tanner --
pt. 2. Scholarship in the Alexandrian manner. Ch. 5. Doctors in the library : the strange tale of Apollonius the bookworm and other stories / John Vallance ; Ch. 6. The theatre of Paphos and the theatre of Alexandria : some first thoughts / J.R. Green ; Ch. 7. Scholars and students in the Roman East / Samuel N.C. Lieu ; Ch. 8. The Neoplatonists and the mystery schools of the Mediterranean / Patricia Cannon Johnson ; Ch. 9. Alexandria and its Medieval legacy : the book, the monk and the rose / J.O. Ward.
Responsibility: edited by Roy MacLeod.
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The Library of Alexandria was one of the greatest cultural adornments of the late ancient world and contained thousands of scrolls of Greek, Hebrew and Mesopotamian literature and art and artefacts  Read more...

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