…and say goodbye to her, to the Alexandria you are losing

This just in from the BBC: archaeologists think they’ve found the site of the Library of Alexandria. Yup, that one.

That is just so cool. My youthful fantasies of becoming an archaeologist just resurfaced after a decade and a half of dormancy.

[Title of this post from the last line of C. P. Cavafy’s "The God Abandons Antony," translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard.]

2 Responses to “…and say goodbye to her, to the Alexandria you are losing”

  1. MisterBS says:

    Oh, wow and double wow. That’s so cool. For any library nerd, I strongly recommend Lionel Casson’s eminently readable Libraries in the Ancient World. He talks about Alexandria, of course, but also other great centers of learning. It’s really entertaining.

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