But -despite that – Alexandria now has a new library.
Mmmmn. Why has NO TRACE of the original been found?
I’d love the Library at Pharos to be true. But everything that I have learned about “Arabs” – and know about in real life – screams that they would NEVER have destroyed a place as important as this. NEVER!
In 642 AD, Alexandria was captured by the Muslim army of ‘Amr ibn al-‘As. Several later Arabic sources describe the library’s destruction by the order of Caliph Omar. Bar-Hebraeus, writing in the thirteenth century, quotes Omar as saying to Yaḥyā al-Naḥwī: “If those books are in agreement with the Quran, we have no need of them; and if these are opposed to the Quran, destroy them.”