DON’T EVEN FUCKING TALK TO ME ABOUT THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA
FUCK NOW I’M UPSET
Oh yeah, that tome of history compiled by a Mesopotamian priest on the History of the World, supposedly spanning back 40,000 years of history?
Fucking gone. Gone forever.
I DON’T CARE IF I’VE REBLOGGED THIS BEFORE I’M STILL EMOTIONAL. ~O
This has saddened me
This actually wasn’t that big of a deal. There was no evidence showing that the information held there was any different from other libraries.
Scrolls can be copied.
The above statement relieves a lot of stress for me
Yes scrolls can be copied. But do you know how long it takes to copy a parchment, scroll or tablet without a printing press? Depending on how large the scroll was, it could take months to years for one person to copy one scroll. There were, to our best estimates, probably tens of thousands of distinct individual works housed in the Library at its peak. So yes, it’s an incalculable loss, especially since it was basically a backup storage for almost every type of writing and text that existed in its time, many of which we now only have references to. Some were scattered into private collections and translated into Arabic, but the large majority were likely ruined by either water or fire in the various stages of destruction of the Library and the Serapeum.