The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern World - eBook  -     By: Justin Pollard, Howard Reid
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Penguin Books / 2007 / ePub

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Founded by Alexander the Great and built by Greek pharoahs, 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 Renassaince 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. Compulsively readable and sparkling with fresh insights into science, philosophy, culture, and invention, this is an irresistible, eye-opening delight.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 9781440620836
ISBN-13: 9781440620836

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