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ALL ONE WORLD EGYPTOLOGISTS TOUR
THE NEW LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA
— SUNDAY 6 JANUARY 2008 — ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT — MODERN DAY —

photography by Janice

We also wandered the grounds of this magnificent structure.

Founded at the beginning of the Third century BC, during the reign of Ptolemy II of Egypt, the Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt, was once the largest library in the world.

The Greek Mouseion was the home of music and poetry, a philosophical school and library such as Plato's school of philosophy, also a gallery of sacred texts. The Latin word museum is derived from this.

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To this day the details of the destruction (or destructions) of the Library remains a lively source of controversy.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, an institution intended both as a commemoration and an emulation of the original, was inaugurated in 2003 near the site of the old Library.

     
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