Education is always seen as a key component to the growth of humans. Thus items bringing knowledge have always been held in high esteem but for once. The destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria brought our understanding of mathematics, science, medicine, philosophy and arts many hundred years back. The Library of Alexandria is the ancient world’s first university and it was staffed by most brilliant minds in the ancient world. But the Library vanished into oblivion with all the priceless riches. This library is said to have been created by Ptolemy II Philadelphus who was the son of Alexander the Great. It was founded in 332 BC.
The Library was located near the museum and absorbed Aristotle’s personal library into its structure sometime in the third century BC. Though the size of the Library is unknown but it is supposed to have consisted of multiple buildings. Most archaeologists believe the Library was composed of at least two structures. First was the Royal Library and the second one was a daughter library at Serapeum. The Library consisted of a massive collection of scrolls. It is estimated that the it contained between 500,000 to 700,000 scrolls. In comparison to this the Trajan library of ancient Rome only contained 20,000 scrolls. The wealth of information in this Library was provided by some of the greatest minds in history. They also sat in this library for long hours. The staff of this library consisted on famous figures like Archimedes, Euclid, Erastosthenes and Galen who resided at the library too.
Library of Alexandria was the source of mankind’s knowledge for over 600 years. But how it was destroyed no one seems to have an answer. Most probable cause of this destruction is regarded as the Roman invasions. Romans had to fight many gruesome battles to win over the Greeks. But then again Romans were known to hold knowledge in high esteem, so maybe they were not responsible for such a destruction. Many Muslim invaders had also won battles over the Greeks and they were known to cause massive destructions. Best suspect for the destruction for the destruction of Ancient Library of Alexandria would be these Muslim invaders. Some researchers even feel natural calamities such as earthquakes and tsunamis caused the fall of this great library. In fact the sea had risen 6.6 feet since the construction of the Library.