The City of Alexandria

Disastrous History: A Disasters of History Podcast


This is the story of a city that laid the foundations for our modern world. Sitting at the intersection of East and West, Alexandria has been home to many of humanity’s greatest architectural and cultural achievements, like the famous Lighthouse and the storied Great Library. Some of history’s most illustrious figures have left their mark there, from Alexander the Great and Aristotle to Julius Caesar and Cleopatra.


Dan is joined by Islam Issa, Professor of English at Birmingham City University and author of ‘Alexandria: The City that Changed the World’. Islam explains how a city that started as a vision in Alexander the Great’s mind became a global capital of knowledge.


Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore.


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