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This is the introductory chapter of this book on What Happened to the Ancient Library of Alexandria?. The book explains the natural and socio-economic foundation of the cultural and scientific development in Ancient Egypt. It traces the interaction between man and nature, the prevailing geophysical conditions - especially the peculiar phenomenon of the annual Nile flood every summer - and the growth of Learning; in other words, the systematization of Knowledge and the passage from the concrete to the abstract. The book presents an original approach to the consequence of Julius Caesar's setting afire the Egyptian fleet in the Eastern Harbour during the Bellum Alexandrinum in 48 B.C. It compares the circumstances detrimental to books and to libraries in both Alexandria and China. The book concludes that Damascius himself assembled the Collectio Philosophica in Alexandria in preparation for his long stay as a scholarch in Athens.

Keywords: Alexandria; Ancient Egypt; Collectio Philosophica; Damascius; Julius Caesar



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