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The Rise and Fall of Alexandria - Birthplace of the Modern Mind

Justin Pollard

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Genres:

History

Description:

Founded by Alexander the Great and built by self-styled Greek pharaohs, the city of Alexandria at its height dwarfed both Athens and Rome. It was the marvel of its age, legendary for its vast palaces, safe harbors, and magnificent lighthouse. But it was most famous for the astonishing intellectual efflorescence it fostered and the library it produced. If the European Renaissance was the "rebirth" of Western culture, then Alexandria, Egypt, was its birthplace. It was here mankind first discovered that the earth was not flat, originated atomic theory, invented geometry, systematized grammar, translated the Old Testament into Greek, built the steam engine, and passed their discoveries on to future generations via the written word. Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra, Jewish scholars, Greek philosophers, and devout early Christians all play a part in the rise and fall of the city that stood "at the conjunction of the whole world." Compulsively readable and sparkling with fresh insights into science, philosophy, culture, and invention, this is an irresistible, eye-opening delight.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Howard Reid, Simon Vance

Length:

11h 31m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

17:25


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

37:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

40:51


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

26:43


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

33:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

34:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

44:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

34:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

32:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

41:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

36:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

43:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

35:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

43:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

36:03


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

35:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

40:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

31:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

00:22