A short history of nearly everything classical. Thefoundations of the modern world were laid in Alexandria of Egypt atthe turn of the first millennium. In this compulsively readablenarrative, Justin Pollard and Howard Reid bring one of history'smost fascinating and prolific cities to life, creating a treasuretrove of our intellectual and cultural origins. Famous for itslighthouse, its library-the greatest in antiquity-and its fertileintellectual and spiritual life--it was here that Christianity andIslam came to prominence as world religions--Alexandria now takesits rightful place alongside Greece and Rome as a titan of theancient world. Sparkling with fresh insights on science,philosophy, culture, and invention, this is an irresistible, eye-opening delight.
Justin Pollard has worked extensively in bothBritish and American television and has acted as consultant on suchfilms as Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth and Joe Wright's Prideand Prejudice.
Howard Reid, the author of five books, has worked on manymajor documentary series, including the Emmy-winning Story ofEnglish.