The Library of Alexandria

Front Cover
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 17, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 80 pages
0 Reviews
The Library of Alexandria was the largest library of its time and a major center for learning and scholarly research, particularly in the fields of astronomy, geography, mathematics, and medicine. Caesar and Cleopatra, Erastosthenes and Euclid, Archimedes and Alexander the Great are just a few of the famous people connected to its story. Today, historians still argue about how the library was destroyed, and no one knows exactly what it looked like, yet there is no question that the library continues to fascinate and intrigue us. This extensively researched look at what we do know about the Library of Alexandria features Kelly Trumble’s short, accessible chapters, and richly detailed full-color paintings by Robina MacIntyre Marshall. Together, they tell the story of one of the wonders of the ancient world, and show how its influence as continued long after its destruction. Glossary, suggested reading, selected bibliography, index.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - wunderlong88 - LibraryThing

The only book I could find on the largest and most famous ancient library. We enjoyed learning about it's construction, collection, famous scholars and it's destruction by fire. Read full review

THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA

User Review  - Kirkus

A stirring account of the rise and fall of the ancient world's largest library, said to contain half-a-million items at its height. Founded, like most major libraries, by ruthless autocrats—including ... Read full review

Contents

2 Collecting Books
7
3 Pergamum
11
4 Astronomy
17
5 Geography
23
6 Mathematics
29
7 Medicine
35
8 Decline and Destruction
41
9 The Fate of the Library of Alexandria
47
Ptolemy Family Tree Partial
57
Sites in Ancient Alexandria
58
Names and Terms
63
Selected Bibliography
68
Suggested Reading
69
Index
70
Back Flap
73
Back Cover
74

The Empire of Alexander the Great
52
The Roman Empire at Its Largest
54

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (2003)

Kelly Trumble is the author of Cat Mummies and The Library of Alexandria. She lives in Kirkland, Washington, where she has studied library technology, volunteers at an animal shelter, and is finally learning to play the piano.

Bibliographic information