reply to post by Harte
Our friend can look up the Pinakes
The material held by the LA were:
Rhetoric, law, epic, tragedy, comedy, lyric poetry, history, medicine, mathematics, natural science and miscellanea. See below was a more detailed
It was studied and looked at for centuries and many writers commented on the items and scrolls found within it (which is why we know what was there in
some cases), the Roman's in particular liked weird things and a lot of the crazy geographical and 'peoples' stuff in the later Roman works may have
come from sources within that library. (see Pliny's works)
This site below has a bit more information in it. A lot of work on what was in the library was done in the 19th century and is in French and German
language publications from that period
Link to the Pinakes
There was an Egyptian part of the Lib too - however it is unclear as to how much was actually there.
Egyptian documents in the LA
The following comes from
I had difficulties getting this into the ex-text box without crushing it so I'll beg for mod consideration and post it straight in
A. Greek :
I Poetry : Homer, Hesiod, Sappho, Anakreon, Simonides, Pindar, Bacchylides, Callymachus, Apollonius, Theocritus, Aratos.
II Drama Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Menander, Straton (com.).
III Criticism Zenodotus, Aristophanes (of Byz.), Aristarchus (of Samothr.), Aristonicus.
IV Philosophy Pre-Socratics (e.g. Anaxmander, Parmenides, Xenophanes, Heraclitus), Plato, Aristotle, Theophrastus, Zeno, Epicurus, Pyrrhon, Panaetius,
Philon (Alex.), Apollonius (of Tyana), Plotinus.
V History Hecataeus, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Ephorus, Hecataeus (Abdera)…
VI Science Original exploration reports, Eudoxus (Cnid.), Euclid, Aristarchus (Samos), Straton (Lampsacus), Eratosthenes, Megasthenes, Patroclus,
Archimedes, Apollonius (Perga), Hipparchus (Nicaea), Cl. Ptolemy, Theon, Hypatia.
VII Medicine Corpus of Hippocrates, Herophilus (anatomy), Erasistratus (veins), Callimachus (med.), Sarapion, Heracleides (Tarentus), Rufus,
Apollonius Mys, Galen.
B. Non-Greek :
Egyptian sacred records, Manethon, Egyptian manuals on astronomy, instruments, medicine; Berossos (Babylonia), Persian religion, Hebraic scriptures,
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