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This is the story behind Modern Alexandrian...

The Library of Alexandria
The Library of Alexandria

The Royal Library of Alexandria was established in the town of Alexandria, Egypt in the 3rd Century BC, over 2,300 years ago, and was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world.

There's no telling just how many records were kept in the library - it's thought to be between 40,000 and 400,000 books, records and scrolls.

Throughout it's existence the town of Alexandria and it's library were attacked many times, some of these people were thought to be Julius Caesar in 48 BC and the Emperor Aurelian around AD 270 - 275, during his take-over of the city.

Although scholars cannot be certain as to who was ultimately responsible for the library's complete destruction, it has since become a symbol of the irretrievable loss of public knowledge and information.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina

In 2002 the Bibliotheca Alexandrina was erected in honour of the Library of Alexandria - it functions as both a modern library and as a cultural centre in Egypt.

When people hear about the Library of Alexandria so many associate it with it's destruction - the fires and earthquakes - however I believe it is a testament to it's ability to endure all of the hardship it encountered and continuing to thrive as long as it possibly could thanks to some phenomenal scholars and townspeople.

People who believed in the power of words and the knowledge they can bring.

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