THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA
Under Roman rule, Alexandria became an important provincial capital of the empire, rivalling both Rome and Constantinople as a centre for knowledge. Alexandria was sitting comfortable on wealth accumulated from its sea trade, when it became synonymous with a grand library, which transformed the city into everything expected of a modern metropolis. The Library of Alexandria was an institution built to foster education and encourage an exchange of knowledge and collaboration. And because of its man-made bidirectional port, between the mainland and the Pharos Island, Alexandria commanded a strategic position. In turn, this gave it the necessary push to become a leading producer of papyrus, and a hotpot for the latest editions of scientific books. The Library of Alexandria, hence, acquired a vast collection of manuscripts.