This series is dedicated
to the Library of Alexandria, a vessel of lost history. The library was located
in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria which was built in the 3rd century B.C.
by Alexander the Great. The city, immortalizing Alexander's name, flourished
into a prominent cutural, intellectual, and economic metropolis and was home
to Pharos,one of the Seven World Wonders, as well as the Great Library. The
Library of Alexandria housed the largest and most famous collection of papyrus
scrolls, consisting of over 700,000 scholarly works and translations. It was
developed by Egyptian rulers Ptolemy 1 and 2 in the 200s B.C.E. and was finally
destroyed by fire in the 6th century A.D. As much a school and museum as a repository
of knowledge, the Library of Alexandria housed some of the most important scholars
of ancient times. During the many centuries of its existence, only a handful
of its librarians were historically recorded by name. Each was a well-known
mathematician, astronomer and geometer of his/her time as well as the director
of the library. Each piece in the Alexandria Series honors and bears the name
of one of these great scholar/librarians of the ancient world.