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What Happened to the Ancient Library of Alexandria?


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Preface Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Abbreviations Contributors The Alexandria Project Introduction 1. A la Recherche de la Systematisation des Connaissances et du Passage du Concret a l'Abstrait dans l'Egypte Ancienne, Mounir H. Megally 2. Private Collections and Temple Libraries in Ancient Egypt, Fayza M. Haikal 3. Earth, Wind, and Fire: The Alexandrian Fire-storm of 48 B.C., William J. Cherf 4. The Destruction of the Library of Alexandria: An Archaeological Viewpoint, Jean-Yves Empereur 5. Demise of the Daughter Library, Mostafa A. El-Abbadi 6. Ce Que Construisent les Ruines?, Lucien X. Polastron 7. The Nag Hammadi 'Library' of Coptic Papyrus Codices, Birger A. Pearson 8. Learned Women in the Alexandrian Scholarship and Society of Late Hellenism, Maria Dzielska 9. Synesius of Cyrene and the Christian Neoplatonism: Patterns of Religious and Cultural Symbiosis, Dimitar Y. Dimitrov 10. Damascius and the 'Collectio Philosophica': A Chapter in the History of Philosophical Schools and Libraries in the Neoplatonic Tradition, Georges Leroux 11. Academic Life of Late Antique Alexandria: A View from the Field, Grzegorz Majcherek 12. The Arab Story of the Destruction of the Ancient Library of Alexandria, Qassem Abdou Qassem 13. 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

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Mostafa A. El-Abbadi is a Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies at the University of Alexandria, Egypt, Special Advisor to the Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and President of the Archaeological Society of Alexandria. He is the author of

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