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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Library of Alexandria Burnt Down!

The Royal Library of Alexandria in Egypt was the largest and most significant great library of the ancient world.  It contained half the world's knowledge in many areas of study.

In 48BC Julius Caesar accidentally burnt down the library in a spat with Achillas.  Most of the knowledge was lost in that fire, perhaps putting the progress of humanity back hundreds of years.

Lesson of the day.  Back your stuff up.  I could've lost my novel's 103,000 word manuscript if I hadn't backed it up elsewhere.  Damn computers.  :-)

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