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  1. Kameel Nasr Kameel Nasr says:

    Luciano Canfora's book is well written and well researched but his conclusion that Muslims destroyed the great library of Alexandria is mistaken Canfora does not take into account that the library was not talked about for three hundred years before the Muslim conuest of Egypt We also know that a Christian crowd destroyed Alexandria's second library located in the Temple of Serapus and another Christian gang brutally killed Hypatia the director of the great library There should be little doubt that Christians destroyed that library

  2. Duane Duane says:

    This is far than the story of the mysterious library at Alexandria and than merely a fascinating literary and historical detective story Herein one learns about such things as the competition between the libraries at Alexandria and Pergamum and how the latter was forced to develop parchment technology which despite its apparent relative crudity produces a durable product The analysis of the fire which Caesar set burning up 70000 books which were apparently just commercial products is another fascinating subtext I mean who knew that there were commercial publishing houses in Egypt which were selling books to the Romans?Most importantly one can begin to follow the manner in which literary and historical scholars transited the Mediterranean how the conuest of Egypt by Alexander and the subseuent reign of the Ptolemies fostered the accumulation of the library how the contents thereof including the writings of Aristotle which lie at the very core of Western civilization transited from Greece to Egypt to Rome and all of that in the first 100 page section of this remarkable bookThe second section of the book which details the historical sources for the author's analysis is nearly beyond the reach of anyone other than a specialist in ancient history But it provides yet another fascinating subtext much akin to trying to solve a centuries old murder with only traces of hearsay information For any given claim such as the actual location of the library the author gathers together the claims of the available testimonials and the timelines in which they were made and then tries to extract therefrom which authors used what earlier sources Then he looks for how the claims and descriptions can be reconciled to each other even considering differences in language It is hard for me to imagine how one could accumulate the necessary knowledge to even attempt such a taskBut somehow he manages and the verdict does seem clear despite the efforts of later apologists including Gibbon who does not acuit himself well on this issue despite his reputation for profundity to whitewash the facts and transfer the blame The Library which apparently was not an actual separate building as anyone would expect but just a collection of scrolls piled on shelves in a long hallway although there were tens if not hundreds of thousands of them were burned up by the Moslem conueror of Egypt Amrou el Ass and I am not making that up on the orders of the second Caliph Omar who and this bigoted uality of thought will sound very familiar to anyone familiar with our contemporary Taliban said that since all knowledge is contained in the Koran if the books in the library agreed with the Koran they were superfluous and if they disagreed they were heretical so they should be destroyed in either caseAnd so el Ass used them to heat the 4000 baths of Alexandria reuiring several months to burn them all which as they say in the FBI sounds like the moose head truth ie it is a combination of details that nobody could have fabricated

  3. Martin Martin says:

    An immensely fascinating book if you get past the second chapter Instead of trying a literary fiction or a pure biography Mr Canfora has opted to string together a number of anecdotes from various early sources to tell the story of the Library of Alexandria Unfortunately as a reader you have to add a lot yourself An introduction would have been nice or a small paragraph before each chapter that explains why the text is relevant to the famous libraryEven so I would highly recommend this short book to anyone learning or teaching about the reality behind the legend of both the library and the city of Alexandria

  4. John John says:

    Not on Libby or hoopla

  5. Elizabeth Saunders Elizabeth Saunders says:

    The early chapters are pretty fascinating Later digressions left me pretty confused It's as if a grad student discussed every reference they consulted in depth in their dissertation rather than ever getting to the topic and conclusion of the dissertation Pictures would be really helpful – the few sketches in the book make no sense especially with some typos in the written descriptions perhaps a translation error For example the largest statue in the land is purported to be in the room with the low 25 foot ceiling The book also assumes a lot of reader knowledge and vocabulary Most of the names are familiar –Ptolemy various ones Alexander Caesar as in Julius? – but so many names and cities are thrown about that those of us not steeped in Italian history will struggle This English translation could use some footnotes and a map

  6. Frans Vermeiren Frans Vermeiren says:

    The Vanished Library is an unconventional book In a scientific book most readers expect to find an introduction a structured defense of the author’s thesis a clear discussion and rejection of opposing viewpoints maps and footnotes if necessary summaries and a conclusion The from a professor we seem to expect some kind of textbook which Canfora doesn’t offer This doesn’t mean that the subject is not discussed scientifically and comprehensively The first half of the book contains different small chapters that at first sight only connect loosely but together they make sense and they provide a comprehensive discussion of the fate of the Alexandrine library throughout Antiuity The second part discusses the sources used in the first part but in fact it is a continuation of the discussion on a different level Professor Canfora is not teaching first years students but he addresses intelligent and independently thinking readers he is giving a master class He puts his readers to work they have to reflect on the subject themselves weigh the arguments and draw their own conclusions Not the easiest reading but rewarding Independently of the main subject of the book on different occasions Canfora shows the common practice of altering forging and interpolating books in Antiuity which is an important additional insightTo a certain extent this book reminds me of the works of WG Sebald one of my favorite authors

  7. Brian Brian says:

    I read this book to account for my lack of adeuate knowledge of the context of the fate of the Library at Alexandria as a primer really I learned a lot and I can see myself going back and rereading sections to refine and strengthen my sense I think the overriding impression is the need to always remember how little verifiable definitive history is available to tell the story of what happened and when There are many threads of active debate surrounding issues that collectively paint the broader picture of this institution's considerable relevance and its enduring value as a symbol of mankind's need to know

  8. Fraser Sherman Fraser Sherman says:

    25 On the plus side this has lots of fascinating detail about the Library of Alexandria and its history On the down side Canfora tells the story as a series of anecdotes from different eras which leaves it feeling incredibly jerky and with no real effort to fill in the gaps between eras About half this book is a discussion of the sources he used to derive his narrative — less of that and background would have made this better

  9. John Szalasny John Szalasny says:

    This is two books in one a historical story which takes up the 1st 100 pages and short historical background on individual topics historical written references which take up the final 97 pages The story is easy to read although unsurprisingly somewhat jumpy as it spans about 1500 years of history The second half of the book would be a good starting point for scholarly research but is like Cliff Notes written for the non scholar

  10. T Campbell T Campbell says:

    A fascinating string of well researched anecdotes full of violence and politics and life Consensus has moved on somewhat from the book's conclusions about the library's ultimate fate but this read is nevertheless awe inspiring for any book lover who wonders how books intersected with everything else in ancient European culture

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La biblioteca scomparsa ➺ La biblioteca scomparsa Free ➰ Author Luciano Canfora – The Library of Alexandria one of the wonders of the Ancient World has haunted Western culture for over 2000 years The Ptolemaic kings of Egypt—successors of Alexander the Great—had a staggering am The Library of Alexandria one of the wonders of the Ancient World has haunted Western culture for over years The Ptolemaic kings of Egypt—successors of Alexander the Great—had a staggering ambition to house all of the books ever written under one roof and the story of the universal library and La biblioteca ePUB Ò its destruction still has the power to move usBut what was the library and where was it Did it exist at all Contemporary descriptions are vague and contradictory The fate of the precious books themselves is a subject of endless speculationCanfora resolves these puzzles in one of the most unusual books of classical history ever written He recreates the world of Egypt and the Greeks in brief chapters that marry the craft of the novelist and the discipline of the historian Anecdotes conversations and reconstructions give The Vanished Library the compulsion of an exotic tale yet Canfora bases all of them on historical and literary sources which he discusses with great panache As the chilling conclusion to this elegant piece of historical detective work he establishes who burned the books This volume has benefited from the collegial support of The Wake Forest University Studium.