Alexandria


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On the following morning, Nasheva woke up early. After completing Shubuh, the Morning Prayer, she went directly to the deck, and saw Amir Obaid had already stood there. She greeted the ambassador and stood not far from him, witnessing the dawn, the born of a new day.

The mist of clouds had disappeared; the sunrise came. A tall tower with large blocks of light colored stone on its square-fundament appeared in sight. In seeing this, Nasheva was amazed. She asked Amir Obaid what it was.

“The famous Lighthouse of Alexandria,” the ambassador replied with a grin. “It was built by Ptolemy I shortly after the death of Alexander the Great. But Ptolemy I died before seeing it completed. Not until twelve years later, when his son Ptolemy II was in power, that the lighthouse was operational. It survived a great earthquake and was damaged badly. Fascinating that it is still functioning, is it not?”

Nasheva nodded.

Not long after that, the ship approached Alexandrian Harbor. Nasheva was amazed; she saw Alexandria was stretching comfortably from end to end, like a giant white marble underneath the majestic sky.

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    • The Royal Library of Alexandria was not the only library, as there were two other libraries in the city. One is the library of the Serapeum Temple and the other one is the library of the Cesarion Temple.

      Several events have been frequently cited as responsible for the destruction of these libraries: 1) the Alexandrian siege during Julius Caesar’s visit in 48 BC; 2) the attack of Emperor Aurelian in the 3rd century; 3) the destruction of the pagans under Theodosius’ command in 391, resulting in the damage of the whole city; and 4) the Muslim conquest in 642 by the order of Caliph Omar. While scientists showed some agreement in the theory of the destruction of the three libraries over several hundred years by the first three events, the fourth has been rejected largely on the basis of unreliable sources. More information can be found here: http://www.bede.org.uk/library.htm

      It is said that after the annexation of Egypt by the Muslims in 642, a large portion of the book collections once held in the Alexandrian libraries was transported to Baghdad and held in Baytul Hikmah (the House of Wisdom). The large collections of Greek and Latin texts and the translation of these texts into Arabic under the supervision of Hunayn ibn Ishaq were both responsible for the birth of Islamic civilization that began to develop during the Omayyid dynasty and rose to prominence during the Abbasid Caliphate. A great crime to humanity was however committed when Baytul Hikmah was demolished by the Mongols in 1258, resulting in the Tigris running in black, as the ink of the large amount of texts thrown into it mixed with water.

    • Francine, this story of the lighthouse is part of the project I am working on, the Nasheva Trilogy. The Alexandrian lighthouse is a bit different now, the description of the lighthouse in this story is based on what it looked like in the 13th century. Blessings and love to you, my friend ♥

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