ERIC Number: ED340008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May-9
Reference Count: N/A
The Alexandrian Library of Antiquity.
Miner, Afton M.; Cranney, A. Garr
This paper celebrates UNESCO's announcement of the re-establishment of the Alexandrian Library, citing the incentive the project provides to review the history of the famed library of antiquity, of the librarians who served it, and of the scholars who used it. After a brief history of the city of Alexandria, including its founding by Alexander, the rule of Ptolemy Soter, and Ptolemy's recruitment of intellectuals, the paper describes the establishment of the library and museum by Ptolemy Soter, his son Ptolemy Philadelphus, and Demetrius of Phalerum. The paper then details the history, sponsorship, and goals of the library, which collected, edited, and preserved classical literature and contributed to almost every important scientific discovery of the period. The paper discusses the library's organization and activity, and the contributions of its librarians. Finally, the paper describes the maturity and gradual decline of the library, its uncertain fate, and its remaining legacy, asserting that the library's influence on succeeding generations was unparalleled. (Twenty-three references are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alexandrian Library (Antiquity); UNESCO
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (35th, Atlanta, GA, May 6-11, 1990).