Cornelia Popa

for the love of books

   The Amazing Library of Alexandria


   The Library of Alexandria was the largest library of the ancient world. At that time, the knowledge was written on papyrus rolls, made out of the pith of the papyrus plant, once abundant on the Nile Delta of Egypt. The pith was made into a sheet, sheets attached together end to end and two wooden rods were attached at the beginning and the end of the papyrus roll.

To read a papyrus roll, one should roll it to the left rod and unroll it from the right rod, making a written column visible.

Once the papyrus roll reached its end, it should be rolled back on the right rod, so the next person can start reading from the beginning. Because the papyrus was a fragile material, it cracked in time and sometimes pieces of it got lost, making the understanding more difficult.

   The Library of Alexandria was a place where scholars (people who were learning) studied and debated what they've learned. One of the most important discoveries made in the Library of Alexandria was Eratosthene's calculation of the Earth's circumference. His result was very close to today's measurements!

Another important edifice that I "touch" on in this book is the Lighthouse of Alexandria. It was declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - a one hundred meters tall construction built in three tiers (square, octagonal and cylindrical) with a statue of Zeus on top of it. The Lighthouse of Alexandria was damaged over the centuries by earthquakes.

 

   The leprechaun who learned to dance


   This is a kindergarten story. With the proper illustrations, it will  spark!