October 9, 2010

The Alexandrian Library

One horrible day 1,600 years ago, the wisdom of many centuries went up in flames. The great library in Alexandria burned down--a catastrophe at the time and a symbol for all ages of the vulnerability of human knowledge. The tragedy forced scholars to grope to reconstruct a grand literature and science that once lay neatly cataloged in scrolls.

Time (9-23-1991)