posted on May, 14 2004 @ 08:04 AM
Although it's unclear who burned the library and when it burned (one common set of sources say it was the Christians, destroying the pagan literature
and the female (pagan) librarian named Hypatia), all sources say that the library was burned.
The knowledge on the papyrus and lambskin scrolls was lost. There are partial catalogs of what was there, including some of the great plays and works
of early literature and treatises on medicine and science.
This was the early start of the Dark Ages in Europe, when the area of land turned excessively religious and people with "forbidden knowledge"
(astronomy, math, chemistry) were killed or driven out. Remember, though, that this bias never hit Turkey and Afghanistan and Morocco and the like
and scholars found a home in those regions. While Europe stumbled around in ignorance, the technology and knowledge from Alexandria was built on in
the Middle East and continued to flourish until they in their turn became ultra-religious.
So... no, no flying machines, no cures for cancer, no floating stones around with crystals (if anyone had done these things, the technology would have
quickly spread and we'd see it everywhere.)
Although we'd love to find a basement with scrolls intact, y'know?