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The Great Library at Alexandria was destroyed by budget cuts, not fire

You're a REAL book lover if you think about the literature and the philosophical and scientific works housed here that were destroyed and it just pisses you off!!

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from Smithsonian

Hypatia, Ancient Alexandria’s Great Female Scholar

"The mathematician and philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria was the daughter of the mathematician Theon Alexandricus (ca. 335–405) [the] last librarian of the Library of Alexandria. Around AD 400, she became head of the Platonist school at Alexandria. She taught philosophy and astronomy. The pupils included pagans, Christians, and foreigners. Murdered by a Christian mob after being accused of witchcraft and godlessness and of causing religious turmoil."

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What would the world be like if the Library of Alexandria had not burned down? What treasures did it contain that would have inspired us today?

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The Great Library at Alexandria was destroyed by budget cuts, not fire

The Great Library and Mouseion, Alexandria, Egypt. Considered by many to be the world's first 'universal library', it was destroyed in 48BC by Julius Caesar.

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from Architectural Digest

The Most Spectacular Libraries Around the World

The Most Beautiful Libraries Around the World: St. Florian Monastery, Sankt Florian, Austria

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from PROMPTUARIUM

The lost library.

People, sitting on shelves frozen in time. The library is maintained by a domesticated cat, no wonder the Egyptians worshiped them. ©Mary Tessmann

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The destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria "However, in one of the greatest tragedies of the academic world, the Library became lost to history and scholars are still not able to agree on how it was destroyed...."