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Old November 29th, 2006, 04:56 PM   #1

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I have read (and watched) several sources which cite the circumstances surrounding the destruction of the Library of Alexandria as undisputed fact. Interestingly, none of the sources agree.

When and by whom do you think the Library of Alexandria was most likely destroyed?
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Old November 30th, 2006, 12:45 AM   #2

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A great loss for humanity. Who knows what knowledge had the ancients, from the few that survived we know that they already know much things not only in Technology but cultural to.
Eyripides, Eschylus, Sofoklis tragedies were most lost (we suppose that we have the best creations of them).
Eratosthenis know that the earth was round and calculate with a short mistake the length of the earth perimeter, astrolab and many, many more that humans needed to re-discover.
Who knows what the world would look today?
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Old December 10th, 2006, 05:43 PM   #3

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Well, Caesar admits in the Civil wars that the Roans were responsible for burning a part of the Library and Choniclers from the Crusades opening talk about what a great thing it was to get rid of those pagan books. So, there are two fairly good places to start. Accident once, stupidity the next time.

And I agree, what a catastrophe for human kind. Maybe one of the greatest if not greates catastrophe in western civ.
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