Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Rise and Fall of Alexandria

The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern MindThe Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind by Justin Pollard

After reading Cleopatra: A Life, I've become fascinated with Alexandria. As a girl I was much taken with ancient Egypt, so much so that I begged my mom to sew an Egyptian costume for my Barbie doll.

The fact that she did that for me should grant her automatic status in the Dedicated and Longsuffering Mom's Club, which is sort of like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but much harder to get into. If my daughter asked me for a similar effort I'd probably come up with an excuse, rather than allow her to see me flail around with the sewing machine and attempt to control my language while doing so.

After the Egyptian Pharoahs were replaced by Ptolemy Greeks, I lost interest in the history, but now forty years later I'm taking up the thread again.

"Once you stop learning, you start dying." --Albert Einstein

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