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What was Museyon

What was Museyon

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Already after several decades Museyon became, in modern language, a real academic town - with living quarters for scientists, rooms for work, halls for lectures, walks and joint meals. In addition, the Museyon had botanical and zoological gardens, an astronomical observatory and a library. A separate magnificent building was built for her, surrounded on four sides by columns, between which were statues of writers and scholars. The huge reading room, lined with white marble, housed desks for reading and writing, and nearby - comfortable armchairs and a bed.

Behind this hall began the immense storage of scrolls. Royal messengers acquired papyrus scrolls in all Mediterranean countries. Mariners entering the port of Alexandria were ordered to report what manuscripts are on board the ship. They were looked through by the keeper of the Alexandria library. If the scrolls were of scientific or literary interest, they were immediately acquired.

A huge staff of translators and scribes worked at the library - they translated texts and made copies of manuscripts. Incidentally, it was in the Alexandria Library that the book collection was first systematized into sections, in other words, to create the most first library catalog.

To the 1st century BC. in funds Alexandria Library 700 thousand papyrus scrolls were kept. Among them are the works of great playwrights, poets, philosophers, historians: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Menander, Herodotus, Polybius ... This collection was constantly replenished and multiplied.

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