Rise and Fall of Alexandria Birthplace of the Modern World

ISBN-10: 0143112511
ISBN-13: 9780143112518
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Description: 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 historys  More...

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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

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 historys 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.

Justin Pollard read Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge. He is a historical writer and consultant in film and TV. His credits include Elizabeth and Atonement and the BBC TV drama The Tudors, as well as more than twenty-five documentary series such as Channel 4's Time Team. He is a writer and researcher for QI, and the author of seven books including THE INTERESTING BITS, CHARGE!, SECRET BRITAIN and BOFFINOLOGY.

Howard Reid is an award-winning film-maker, anthropologist and writer. Before completing his Ph.D. he lived for two years with hunter-gatherers in the Amazon basin, and as a film-maker he has spent several months with the Tuareg people of north Africa as well as undertaking many other assignments around the world. His previous books are In Search of the Immortals, about mummy cultures around the world, and Arthur the Dragon King, which traced the roots of the King Arthur legend back to the nomadic warrior peoples of central Asia.

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