The Rise and Fall of Alexandria

The Rise and Fall of Alexandria

Birthplace of the Modern Mind

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006
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Founded by Alexander the Great and built by self-styled Greek pharaohs, the city of Alexandria at its height dwarfed both Athens and Rome. It was the marvel of its age, legendary for its vast palaces, safe harbors, and magnificent lighthouse. But it was most famous for the astonishing intellectual efflorescence it fostered and the library it produced. If the European Renaissance was the "rebirth" of Western culture, then Alexandria, Egypt, was its birthplace.It was here mankind first discovered that the earth was not flat, originated atomic theory, invented geometry, systematized grammar, translated the Old Testament into Greek, built the steam engine, and passed their discoveries on to future generations via the written word. Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra, Jewish scholars, Greek philosophers, and devout early Christians all play a part in the rise and fall of the city that stood "at the conjunction of the whole world." Compulsively readable and sparkling with fresh insights into science, philosophy, culture, and invention, this is an irresistible, eye-opening delight.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2006.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781400122776
1400122775
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (720 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon
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