The Rise and Fall of Alexandria by Justin Pollard
Birthplace of the Modern Mind

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A short history of nearly everything classical. The foundations of the modern world were laid in Alexandria of Egypt at the turn of the first millennium. In this compulsively readable narrative, Justin Pollard and Howard Reid bring one of history's most fascinating and prolific cities to life, creating a treasure trove of our intellectual and cultural origins. Famous for its lighthouse, its library-the greatest in antiquity-and its fertile intellectual and spiritual life--it was here that Christianity and Islam came to prominence as world religions--Alexandria now takes its rightful place alongside Greece and Rome as a titan of the ancient world. Sparkling with fresh insights on science, philosophy, culture, and invention, this is an irresistible, eye- opening delight.


 

About Justin Pollard

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Justin Pollard has worked extensively in both British and American television and has acted as consultant on such films as Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth and Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice.Howard Reid, the author of five books, has worked on many major documentary series, including the Emmy-winning Story of English.
 
Published October 30, 2007 by Penguin Books. 352 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Pollard and Reid balance some of the drier history with juicy stories of revenge, jealousy and egos run wild among a cast of characters constituting a Who’s Who of history.

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Ancient Alexandria was first and foremost a Greek city.

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