The Rise and Fall of Alexandria
Birthplace of the Modern MindBook - 2006
The astonishing story of the ancient city that invented the modern world
Founded by Alexander the Great and built by 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 fluorescence 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, Anthony and 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.
Baker & Taylor
A history of the ancient city documents its period superiority as an archaeological and technological super power, revealing how atomic theory, geometry, the steam engine, and other developments were initiated there while tracing the city's downfall and ultimate legacy to the modern world.
Blackwell North Amer
Most of us assume that two cities - Athens and Rome - dominated the classical world and set Western culture on its present course. But there was a third city that, at its height, dwarfed both of these in scientific and artistic achievement: Alexandria of Egypt. While Athens and Rome their influence through trade and war, Alexandria sought to conquer the mind.
This saga explores the birth, death, and legacy of this miraculous city. Authors Justin Pollard and Howard Reid have brought this legendary town back to life, creating a treasure trove of our intellectual and cultural origins.
Looks at the history of the ancient city, documenting its period superiority as an archaeological and technological superpower, revealing how atomic theory, geometry, the steam engine, and other developments were initiated there.