Dec 6, 2018

What Treasures Were Lost in the Destruction of the Great Musaeum of Alexandria?

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The city he described did not exist for much longer. A bishop soon destroyed the heritage of many generations of ancient minds in the name of a new faith. In 391 AD, the beautiful temple of wisdom was ruined. There is no evidence of the existence of the library after that date, but it seems that the people of Alexandria, the legendary philosophers, scientists, and their supporters saved some of the books. However, in 642 AD, when the city was captured by Muslims, they burned all the books not related to Islam that they found in public places.

The monumental Musaeum of Alexandria was famous for its legendary library. The tragic story of the building’s destruction continues to be a painful one for people who love ancient history and literature. So what treasures were lost in its devastating fire?

The Musaeum, or Mouseion, was a home to art, music, poetry, and philosophy. It is extremely difficult to find out exactly what was located on the shelves of the library, but generations of passionate researchers have created some possible lists of the lost scrolls’ authors.

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  1. flashgordon says:

    Doesn’t seem that the destruction of the Alexandria LIbrary really damaged the knowledge of the ancient mathematics. We seem to have all the major Greek mathematical science.

    - The vast majority of “knowledge” collected at Alexandria was people’s mythology. In fact, that collection was the real reason why first Christians, and then Muslims set fire to the Library and the City for that matter. The mythological knowlege was what was mostly targeted. And, despite their best attempts, scholars are able to dig up plenty about the pagan roots of Christianity and Judaism.

    Part of the Chrstians and Jewish failure to hide the pagan past was their defences against pagans that their new god is just the old sungods wrapped up in new clothing. When Christians would defend their sungod(Jesus Christ), they’d say, “our sungod has the same attributes yous does.”