The Shores of Wisdom: The Story of the Ancient Library of Alexandria

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Two thousand three hundred years ago the world's first great Library and international Culture Centre was created by the Pharaoh Ptolemy I Soter. The Shores of Wisdom tells the story of this ancient Library and Mouseion of Alexandria and how it influenced Western thought as much as, if not more than, Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum at Athens. It sketches the portraits of the men and women responsible for the Library's fame, such as Euclid and Archimedes, the astronomers Aristarchus and Claude Ptolemy, the polymath Eratosthenes, the philosopher Philo, not forgetting the early Christian Fathers, Clement and Origen, but also of those involved in its calamities and final destruction. The Shores of Wisdom describes, too, the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina and how it has developed from an ambitious dream into a brilliant reality which will be a worthy successor to the Ancient Library during the coming millennium. Writer and broadcaster, Derek Adie Flower spent his childhood and early youth in Egypt. His lifelong interest in Egyptology and the opening of the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina prompted him to write the story of the Ancient Library of Alexandria, the world's first great centre of culture, in a book that reads more like a captivating historical novel than the academic and well documented treatise it is.

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As I was brought up in Alexandria when I learnt that a new library, the Bibliotheca Alexandria, was to be built virtually on the site of the famous ancient Library of Alexandria, I decided it could interest the general public to know about the people who had made the world’s first great centre of culture “tick” during the 700 years of its existence. The more I researched, the more I became fascinated by those academics of Antiquity, those scientists, philosophers, poets, mathematicians, surgeons and rulers who, apart from their brains, also had their human sides – and this is what I set out to depict in this book.

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Zahran, Project Manager for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Rivival of the Ancient Library of Alexandria.

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Derek Adie Flower, Mohsen Zahran
Published by Xlibris Corp (1999)
ISBN 10: 0738850233 ISBN 13: 9780738850238
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