Great Library at Alexandria - Seat of Learning

Thousands of years ago, the Great Library at Alexandria was "the world's first major seat of learning."  Some historians consider it "the birthplace of Western science."

Made to hold about 1 million scrolls (the "book" format of the ancient world), the Library was also the place where famous scientists worked, such as:

Alexander the Great transformed a small fishing village in the Nile Delta (known as Rhakotis) into the capital city of his empire (known as Alexandria).  It wasn't just the Library which made Alexandria such a famous place, even after Alexander's death.  Nearby, brilliant engineers had created one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the lighthouse at Pharos.

In this clip, from his series "Cosmos" - which means "order," such as the intricate, orderly universe - Carl Sagan describes what the Library once was (and what it is now).

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Nov 14, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2016

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Clip from Carl Sagan's series, "Cosmos" - Episode 1.  Copyright, Cosmos Studios, Inc., all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes.


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