The Fierce, Forgotten Library Wars of the Ancient World

Resource Author:  Lauren Young
Resource Date:  08/26/2016
Resource Name:  Atlas Obscura
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In the Hellenistic Era—that’s 323 BC to 31 BC, for all you numbers fans—the Library of Alexandria, Egypt was a research hub of high prestige. But while certainly the largest of its time and the most famous, the Library of Alexandria wasn’t the only institution of its kind. Libraries throughout the ancient world competed to be the best Greek library, in rivalries that proved as dangerous and unscrupulous as actual wars.