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The Destruction of the Library of Alexandria
October 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm EDT
4602 Clarendon Road
Indianapolis, IN 46208 United States
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: Central Indiana
Lecturer: Nancy Serwint
The lecture offers details of what is known of the famed Library of Alexandria. In addition to housing an incredible literary corpus, the library attracted some of the best minds of the ancient world, who not only were credited as serving as the librarian but who also conducted critical research – their contributions will be detailed. Serving as a repository for an exceptional quantity of written material, the loss of information in ancient Alexandria by the destruction of the library is cast in the light of the lamentable historical reality in the modern era of the destruction of libraries as a political tool to erase cultural memory.