This article has a brief history of the Library of Alexandria, who burned it, and other information.
- Alexandria Library - The Famous Library of Alexandria is now being rebuilt on what is believed to be the original site of this great source of knowledge. This web site has a brief section on Alexandria Library, but not in detail.
- The BBC reports that a joint Egyptian-Polish team believes that they have discovered the ancient Library of Alexandria, including ancient lecture halls or auditora, in the Brucheion region of the ancient city.
- There was another daughter library at Pompey's pillar (which was not built by Pompey by the way). This one survived for 4 more centuries, but was plundered by Christian fanatic mobs. The same mob dragged the philosopher/mathematician/priestess Hypatia.
- Some information on the Alexandria Library (Egyptian State Information) from the Egyptian State Information.
- Article on The Ptolemaic Legacy.
- A collection of Alexandrian Scholarship papers.
- Al Ahram article by Samir Sadek titled The Mouseion revisited.
Who burned the Library of Alexandria?
The Library of Alexandria held the greatest collection of human knowledge at the time. Its destruction was a contributing factor to the decline in collective intellect of the classical world. An oft-quoted fallacy is that the Arabs destroyed the Library of Alexandria when they conquered Egypt in the 7th century. This has been proven to be a mere fable, often used to malign Muslims and Arabs.
Here are some articles on the topic:
The Modern Library
A modern library of Alexandria has been build, close to the supposed site of the old one.