• The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind See large image

    The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind (CD-Audio) By (author) Justin Pollard, By (author) Howard Reid, Narrator Simon Vance

    $51.57 - Save $10.85 17% off - RRP $62.42 Free delivery worldwide Available
    Dispatched in 2 business days
    When will my order arrive?
    Add to basket | Add to wishlist |

    DescriptionFounded by Alexander the Great and built by self-styled Greek pharaohs, the city of Alexandria at its height dwarfed both Athens and Rome. It was the marvel of its age, legendary for its vast palaces, safe harbors, and magnificent lighthouse. But it was most famous for the astonishing intellectual efflorescence it fostered and the library it produced. If the European Renaissance was the "rebirth" of Western culture, then Alexandria, Egypt, was its birthplace. It was here mankind first discovered that the earth was not flat, originated atomic theory, invented geometry, systematized grammar, translated the Old Testament into Greek, built the steam engine, and passed their discoveries on to future generations via the written word. Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra, Jewish scholars, Greek philosophers, and devout early Christians all play a part in the rise and fall of the city that stood "at the conjunction of the whole world." Compulsively readable and sparkling with fresh insights into science, philosophy, culture, and invention, this is an irresistible, eye-opening delight.


Other books

Other people who viewed this bought | Other books in this category
Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

 

Reviews | Bibliographic data
  • Full bibliographic data for The Rise and Fall of Alexandria

    Title
    The Rise and Fall of Alexandria
    Subtitle
    Birthplace of the Modern Mind
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Justin Pollard, By (author) Howard Reid, Narrator Simon Vance
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 173 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400132775
    ISBN 10: 1400132770
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    DC21: 932
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 932
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    LC classification: DT
    Abridged Dewey: 932
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55540
    Thema V1.0: NHC, NHG
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3C-AA-E
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    15 November 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Justin Pollard, a freelance writer and producer specializing in historical documentaries, has written for PBS and A&E. He is currently providing script and historical consultancy for Sam Mendes's upcoming feature film, "Tom Fool." Howard Reid has made award-winning documentaries for "National Geographic," the BBC, and Channel 4, including "The Story of English." He is the author of five books. Simon Vance has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned over twenty "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, including for his narration of "Scaramouche" by Rafael Sabatini. He is also the recipient of five coveted Audie Awards, including one for "The King's Speech" by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, and he was named an "AudioFile" Best Voice of 2009.