Culture and Power in Ptolemaic Egypt: the Museum and Library of Alexandria

@article{Erskine1995CultureAP,
  title={Culture and Power in Ptolemaic Egypt: the Museum and Library of Alexandria},
  author={Andrew Erskine},
  journal={Greece and Rome},
  year={1995},
  volume={42},
  pages={38 - 48}
}
  • A. Erskine
  • Published 1 April 1995
  • History
  • Greece and Rome
Within the palace complex in Alexandria, the city founded by Alexander in Egypt, a community of scholars was established in what was known as the Museum (or Mouseion); linked to this was a library, the Great Library of Alexandria. These two institutions are often celebrated for their role in the history of scholarship, but they were also the products of the Hellenistic age and of the competition which arose between the successors of Alexander. In many ways these two institutions encapsulate the… 
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