The lost library....
February 10, 2007 6:17am CST
My favorite sections of the liberary are history and the periodicals. What about you? Imagine if one Saturday morning you showed up at the liberary,only to find your favorite books reduced to a pile of ashes. Centuries ago, that is what happened when thousands of books at the Library of Alexandria was the place to do research in the ancient world. Then on a fateful day in 47 BC, Julius Caesar set fire to his shipd in the Alexandrian harbor to prevent them from falling into enemy hands. The fire soon spread to the docks and the naval arsenal, ultimately destroying 400,000 of the librarys precious scrolls. Such a tragedy shows just how perishable written materials can be.