Contributions to Science, Vol 12, No 2 (2016)

Alexandria: History and culture

Carmen Chica


Alexandria has been one of the most important cities throughout history. Born from the mixing of two of the major cultures of Antiquity―Greek and Egyptian―the city has been a melting pot allowing the development of human knowledge from its origins. It was the city where some renowned figures of the Antiquity, and recently several celebrated contemporaneous writers, worked. Hit by the hazards of the history, often violent, nowadays Alexandria seems to reborn, to become again a lighthouse for the science and humanities of the 21th century. Nevertheless, it will be necessary to remain watchful to overcome misunderstanding, intolerance and fanaticism, which threatens almost the entire planet Earth [Contrib Sci 12(2):129-140 (2016)]

Keywords: Alexander the Great (356–323 BC) · Hypatia (ca. 355–415) · Constantine Cavafy (1863–1933) · Bibliotheca Alexandrina · Mediterranean Sea

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ISSN: 2013-410X (electronic edition); 1575-6343 (print edition)