Yeah, that would be me!
The loss of the ancient world’s single greatest archive of knowledge, the Library of Alexandria, has been lamented for ages. But how and why it was lost is still a mystery. The mystery exists not for lack of suspects but from an excess of them.
Alexandria was founded in Egypt by Alexander the Great. His successor as Pharaoh, Ptolomy II Soter, founded the Museum or Royal Library of Alexandria in 283 BC. The Museum was a shrine of the Muses modeled after the Lyceum of Aristotle in Athens. The Museum was a place of study which included lecture areas, gardens, a zoo, and shrines for each of the nine muses as well as the Library itself. It has been estimated that at one time the Library of Alexandria held over half a million documents from Assyria, Greece, Persia, Egypt, India and many other nations. Over 100 scholars lived at the Museum full time to perform research, write, lecture or translate and copy documents. The library was so large it actually had another branch or “daughter” library at the Temple of Serapis.
What a tragedy that was. The destruction of that library did inestimable damage to the pool of knowledge which we possess about the ancient world. Undoubtedly, we would have a lot more knowledge about Bible times and manuscripts that would flesh out current knowledge.
I saw the photo above on Pinterest and had to share. For someone who passionately loves history, books and libraries it is one of the greatest tragedies in recorded history.