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Title What happened to the ancient Library of Alexandria? / edited by Mostafa El-Abbadi and Omnia Mounir Fathallah ; with a preface by Ismail Serageldin
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 259 pages) : illustrations
Series Library of the written word, 1874-4834 ; volume 3. The manuscript world ; volume 1
Library of the written word ; 3
Library of the written word. Manuscript world ; v. 1
Contents Preface -- Acknowledgements -- List of Illustrations -- Abbreviations -- Contributors -- The Alexandria Project -- Introduction -- À la Recherche de la Systématisation des Connaissances et du Passage du Concret à l'Abstrait dans l' Égypte Ancienne (Mounir H. Megally) -- Private Collections and Temple Libraries in Ancient Egypt (Fayza M. Haikal) -- Earth, Wind, and Fire: The Alexandrian Fire-storm of 48 B.C (William J. Cherf) -- The Destruction of the Library of Alexandria: An Archaeological Viewpoint (Jean-Yves Empereur) -- Demise of the Daughter Library (Mostafa A. El-Abbadi) -- Ce Que Construisent les Ruines (Lucien X. Polastron) -- The Nag Hammadi 'Library' of Coptic Papyrus Codices (Birger A. Pearson) -- Learned Women in the Alexandrian Scholarship and Society of Late Hellenism (Maria Dzielska) -- Synesius of Cyrene and the Christian Neoplatonism: Patterns of Religious and Cultural Symbiosis (Dimitar Y. Dimitrov) -- Damascius and the 'Collectio Philosophica': A Chapter in the History of Philosophical Schools and Libraries in the Neoplatonic Tradition (Georges Leroux) -- Academic Life of Late Antique Alexandria: A View from the Field (Grzegorz Majcherek) -- The Arab Story of the Destruction of the Ancient Library of Alexandria (Qassem Abdou Qassem) -- The Arab Destruction of the Library of Alexandria: Anatomy of a Myth (Bernard Lewis) -- Bibliography -- I. Sources -- II. Lexical Works -- III. Modern Literature -- General Index
Summary "This book covers a wide range of topics, beginning with an initial presentation of different Ancient Egyptian types of library institutions, with a special focus on the later Coptic Nag Hamadi Library. It then deals with the troubled times under later Ptolemies and Romans, when the Royal Library, the Daughter Library and the Mouseion, came under a succession of threats: Caesar's Alexandrian War in 48 B.C., and during the tragic developments in the third and fourth centuries which ultimately culminated in the destruction of the Serapeum that housed the Daughter Library."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-240) and index
Notes In English with 2 chapters in French
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Subject Alexandrian Library.
Libraries -- Egypt -- Alexandria -- History -- To 400
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author El-Abbadi, Mostafa.
Fathallah, Omnia Mounir.
LC no. 2008004209
ISBN 1283060698
9047433025 (electronic bk.)
9789047433026 (electronic bk.)