Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the site of the Library of Alexandria, often described as the world’s first major seat of learning.

A Polish-Egyptian team has excavated parts of the Bruchion region of the Mediterranean city and discovered what look like lecture halls or auditoria.



Two thousand years ago, the library housed works by the greatest thinkers and writers of the ancient world.



Works by Plato and Socrates and many others were later destroyed in a fire.



Announcing their discovery at a conference being held at the University of California, Zahi Hawass, president of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the 13 lecture halls uncovered could house as many as 5,000 students in total.



A conspicuous feature of the rooms, he said, was a central elevated podium for the lecturer to stand on.



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