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  • Alexandria Library

    Alexandria library Library of Alexandria‚  the most famous library of classical antiquity. It formed part of the research institute at Alexandria in Egypt that is known as the Museum‚ or the Alexandrian Museum. The Alexandrian library and museum were founded and maintained by the long succession of Ptolemies in Egypt from the beginning of the 3rd century bc. The library’s initial organization was the work of Demetrius of Phaleron‚ who was familiar with the achievements of the library at Athens

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  • The Lighthouseof Alexandria

    The Lighthouse of Alexandria Incription: Sostratus‚ the son of Dexiphanes‚ the Cnidian‚ dedicated this to the Saviour Gods‚ on behalf of those who sail the seas. Location: On the island of Pharos; now peninsula within the city of Alexandria The lighthouse was built in 209 BC‚ and dedicated to Ptolemy Soter and his wife Berenice. It was used to mark the harbor using fire at night and sun rays during the day and a giant mirror that reflected these lights. When Egypt was conquered by the

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  • Pharos of Alexandria

    Pharos of Alexandria Egypt’s glory from the ancient world till now presents us with many of the world’s beauties‚ including 2 of the Seven Wonders of the World‚ The Pyramids of Giza and the Great Pharos‚ or lighthouse‚ of Alexandria. The Pharos of Alexandria is the most famous lighthouse in antiquity and is the archetype of all lighthouses since. It was built by Sostratus of Cnidus for Ptolemy I Soter and is said to have been 110 meters tall‚ where the only higher man- made structure of the time

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  • Lighthouse of Alexandria

    Lighthouse of Alexandria The name comes from a lighthouse tower about 180 meters high‚ was built under the reign of Ptolemy II (283-246 BC) on the island of Pharos‚ opposite the port of Alexandria. Built by architect Sostratos of Cnidus was covered with marble. At the top was burning a fire at night that looked from a distance of 55 kilometers. Raised on a peninsula ahead of the Egyptian city is considered one of the greatest productions of ancient techniques. On a square base stood a slender

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  • The Rise and Fall of Alexandria

    A Literature Review of The Rise and Fall of Alexandria Book Review of The Rise and Fall of Alexandria How the modern world was actually established is often overlooked and attributed to the powers and domination of Athens and Rome. What authors Justin Pollard and Howard Reid urge readers to understand‚ however‚ is the significance that the city of Alexandria had on Western Civilization. Both authors have worked in British and American television‚ and are accomplished in the film/documentary

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  • Hypatia of Alexandria

    Hypatia of Alexandria Hypatia was born in 370 A.D. in Alexandria‚ Egypt. From that day on her life was one enriched with a passion for knowledge. Theon‚ Hypatia’s father whom himself was a mathematician‚ raised Hypatia in an environment of thought. Both of them formed a strong bond as he taught her his own knowledge and shared his passion in the search of answers to the unknown. Under her fathers discipline he developed a physical routine for her to ensure a healthy body as well as a highly

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  • The Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria

    The Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria Ben Davis Thesis Statement: The Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria earns its place among the Seven Wonders of the World because of the engineering and building expertise required to make the tallest lighthouse‚ ever‚ in the world. Honors World History Mrs. Hunt 14 September 2012 Alexandria was a major city of trade during the 2nd to 4th centuries B.C. Named after the famed military leader‚ Alexander the Great‚ it was situated on the western end of

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  • The Nature of Sources and Evidence- Alexandria

    The nature of sources and evidence in this case study * Alexandria is known to be one of the great centres of learning in both science and literature under the Ptolematic kings. The Royal Library of Alexandria was once home to the largest collection of books in antiquity‚ appealing to a range of scholars including mathematicians‚ philosophers and scientists looking to study and teach. It can be said for certain that the library was once there‚ but no longer is at present day. The Royal Library

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  • The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind

    Ancient Alexandria was first and foremost a Greek city. Its history‚ however‚ is framed by two religious events that were alien to Greek intellectual traditions: Ptolemy’s creation of the cult of Serapis‚ which helped him establish rule‚ and the Christian riots that massacred the pagan philosopher Hypatia in A.D. 415. Between these two events is an unmatched record of intellectual achievement‚ elegantly chronicled by documentary makers Pollard and Reid. Among the many scientific advances they cover

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  • Heron of Alexandria: The Greek Engineer Who Invented the Steam Engine 2,000 Years Ago

    Newton were born at precisely the right time for their ideas to be really revolutionary - just far enough ahead of their time to be trailblazers‚ but not so far ahead that people had no idea what they were talking about. Hero of Alexandria Hero‚ or Heron‚ of Alexandria‚ on the other hand‚ had the astonishing bad taste to be born around 10 CE‚ which made his inventions so far ahead of their time that they could be of little practical use and‚ in time‚ were forgotten. If he had been born in‚ say‚

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