The Western Lines

March 8, 2009

The Great Library of Alexandria

Today on Discovery-Enterprise we will wander through the halls of the Great Library of the Ptolemaic-Egyptian city of Alexandria. It 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. 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.

The Library of Alexandria was the citadel and epitome of the Ionian Awakening that held the promise of creating a brilliant scientific civilization two thousand years ahead of schedule. But, alas it was not to be, for it had fallen victim to the ignorance and intellectual decay that destroyed the great civilizations of classical antiquity and plunged the western world into a dark age lasting a thousand years. And, it was the rediscovery of much of this lost knowledge that would usher in the Renaissance and the great age of enlightenment that would give rise to the modern scientific age we live in today.

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