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The Rise and Fall of Alexandria by Justin Pollard
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Oct 13, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: history
Recommended for: anyone who thinks modern man knows anything!
Read in January, 2006

... Because it was all discovered thousands of years ago! The ancient Alexandrians, a mix of Egyptian, Greek, Jewish, and Roman cultures, created in their city the world's first "empire of the mind." The Great Library contained 400,000 scrolls (many stolen from ships visiting the port). The Musuem boasted visits by the greatest minds of the age (including Eratosthenes, Archimedes, and Geminus), and the Pharos Lighthouse, almost 400 feet tall (the Statue of Liberty is only 150 feet tall) had a fire lighting a convex bronze mirror that reflected the light up to 30 miles out to sea!) brooded over a city of marble-paved, colonnaded streets, intricate sewer systems, running water, clean and comfortable public baths, and a Jewish population (at the time of Christ) that rivaled in number the population of Jerusalem!
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