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By Luciano Canfora

The Library of Alexandria, one of many wonders of the traditional international, has haunted Western tradition for over 2,000 years. The Ptolemaic kings of Egypt—successors of Alexander the Great—had a impressive ambition: to deal with the entire books ever written lower than one roof, and the tale of the common library and its destruction nonetheless has the facility to maneuver us.

But what used to be the library, and the place was once it? Did it exist in any respect? modern descriptions are imprecise and contradictory. The destiny of the dear books themselves is a topic of unending speculation.

Canfora resolves those puzzles in a single of the main strange books of classical background ever written. He recreates the realm of Egypt and the Greeks in short chapters that marry the craft of the novelist and the self-discipline of the historian. Anecdotes, conversations, and reconstructions provide The Vanished Library the compulsion of an unique story, but Canfora bases them all on ancient and literary resources, which he discusses with nice panache. because the chilling end to this dependent piece of old detective paintings he establishes who burned the books.

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