Dispatch from Alexandria
by Maria K. -- 03/Mar/2007 10:00
My head has been buried in books from the very moment I learned to read. History has always been my favorite. I still vividly remember Mr. Bongi’s 6th grade social studies class, when we learned about ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. We’d chant “Hammurabi! Hammurabi!” over and over. I didn’t always remember who he was or what he did, but the name was indelibly etched in my mind alongside Rameses, Cleopatra, and Alexander the Great.
Fast-forward fifteen years, and there I was in Alexandria, Egypt, named for that luminous conqueror now most unfortunately and inextricably linked with Colin Farrell. Nevertheless, it was with a lifetime of anticipation that I stood before the newly rebuilt Bibliotheca Alexandrina...