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The Library of Alexandria

Thu, 12 Mar 09

Duration: 43 mins

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Library of Alexandria. Guests include Simon Goldhill, Matthew Nicholls and Serafina Cuomo.

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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina or Maktabat al-Iskandaryah (English: Library of Alexandria) is a major library and cultural centre located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It is both a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, and an attempt to rekindle something of the brilliance that this earlier centre of study and erudition represented.
Construction work began in 1995 and, after some USD $220 million had been spent, the complex was officially inaugurated on October 16, 2002.

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When Egypt's army asserted itself during the country's recent unrest, a main goal was to protect historical sites. But when it came to the Library of Alexandria, the demonstrators protected the building themselves - by forming a human chain around it.
The legendary library of Alexandria, also known as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, reopened this week.

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