The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind

Written by:
Howard Reid , Justin Pollard
Narrated by:
Simon Vance

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2006
12 hours 0 minutes
Founded by Alexander the Great and built by self-styled Greek pharaohs, the city of Alexandria at its height dwarfed both Athens and Rome. It was the marvel of its age, legendary for its vast palaces, safe harbors, and magnificent lighthouse. But it was most famous for the astonishing intellectual efflorescence it fostered and the library it produced. If the European Renaissance was the 'rebirth' of Western culture, then Alexandria, Egypt, was its birthplace.

It was here mankind first discovered that the earth was not flat, originated atomic theory, invented geometry, systematized grammar, translated the Old Testament into Greek, built the steam engine, and passed their discoveries on to future generations via the written word. Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra, Jewish scholars, Greek philosophers, and devout early Christians all play a part in the rise and fall of the city that stood 'at the conjunction of the whole world.' Compulsively readable and sparkling with fresh insights into science, philosophy, culture, and invention, this is an irresistible, eye-opening delight.
Profile Avatar
Listening @ 75 mph

At times enthralling, sometimes difficult to keep track of while driving, this was nevertheless an interesting account of Alexandria from 300 BC to 500 AD or so. I had to look the region up on a map to make sure I understood what was being talked about while driving later. Some parts were very complicated to keep focussed on while driving, particularly the religeous intrigues in the last few disks. Worthwhile, particularly if you like history.

Profile Avatar

For anyone interested in ancient history or cultures, this gives a well written overview of the fortunes of one of the great cities and civilizations of humankind. I think I learned more from this book about concurrent regional events and history than I ever did in a World Civ class.

Profile Avatar
Eve Howard

Well written, fact filled, colorful, incisive, just plain fun and of course, beautifully read by Simon Vance. I'd recommend this book to anyone the slightest bit scholarly with an interest in Greece, Egypt and the Jews.

Profile Avatar
Dave P.

This is a fascinating story of one of the most important cities of antiquity. I learned a lot & really had no idea of the importance & magnitude of their story. If you're a lover of history I don't think you can miss on this one.

Profile Avatar
Jonathan Brochu

Very interesting book. A lot of information in it. Old subjects of discussion and debate that are still very much alive today were also addressed more than 2000 years ago. That puts today's way of thinking into perspective. We also learn a lot about famous philosophers and other social figures.

Profile Avatar

If you like history, you'll enjoy this book on the history of Alexandria, Egypt. I learned so much, and what was particularly amazing is that Greece played such a big part in its' history. I'll never look at an ancient picture of an Egyptian quite the same way......wondering is this a native Egyptian, or a person from Greece?

Profile Avatar

Founding of the city, odessey of Alexander's remains, the Ptolemy pharaohs, Greek culture in the Roman era. What's not to like. I'll look for more books with Simon Vance's easy voice.

Profile Avatar

This presentation of Alexandria's history is outstanding. It not only presents factual information in a complete and interesting way, it also draws relationships and implications for the development of Judeo-Christian religion and foundations of Greek/Roman culture and values. A must read for anyone interested in ancient civilizations.

The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind
This title is due for release on November 1, 2006.

Enter your email below to be notified as soon as it is available!

By clicking "Notify Me" you consent to receiving electronic marketing communications from You will be able to unsubscribe at any time.

Already a member? Log In to add this title to your wishlist.
The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind
This title is due for release on November 1, 2006
We'll send you an email as soon as it is available!

Already a member?
Log in to add this title in your wishlist
The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind
Please Log in and add this title to your wishlist.
The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind

We will send you an email as soon as this title is available.

1 book added to cart
View Cart