|An imagined rendering of scholars in the Great Library|
Today on Discovery-Enterprise we will wander once again through the halls of the Great Library of the Ptolemaic-Egyptian city of
thanks to the
History Channel’s documentary series In
Search of History - The Great Library of Alexandria. Alexandria
|The interior of the Great Library Re-created|
This was once the greatest centre of research and learning of the ancient world and served as the home of the greatest minds of classical civilization.
|Facade of the Great Library of Alexandria|
Hipparchus, Euclid, Galen and Hypatia strolled through its magnificent galleries and made use of its fantastic collection of half a million papyrus scrolls encompassing the knowledge of classical antiquity. For the first time in history, scholars from all fields of study and from every known corner of the world have a place where they can pursue pure knowledge.
|A scene from the movie "Agora," with Rachel Weisz playing the 4th-century scholar, Hypatia. This is supposed to take place in the Serapeum, not the Royal Library, but the scholarly traditions would have been similar.|
The Alexandria Library housed the largest collection of books ever assembled in the ancient world. But no trace of it exists today. Who was responsible for the destruction of the
Library and what secrets about the ancient world were forever lost in the
|The Great Library Burning|
In Search of History - The Great Library of
is available on VHS tape from Amazon Books. Alexandria
In Search of History - The Great Library of Alexandria