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“Later empires and nations owe a staggering debt to the Alexandrian Library. Few institutions of knowledge have produced so much. Plusy, a celebrated Roman of the first century A.D., invented and wrote the world’s first encyclopedia. Aristophanes, head of the Library two hundred years before Christ, was the father of the dictionary. Callimachus, a famous writer and authority on Greek tragedy, compiled the first Who’s Who. The great mathematician Euclid devised the first known textbook on geometry. Dionysus organized grammar into a coherent system and published his ‘Art of Grammar,’ which became the model text for all languages, written and spoken. These men, and thousands others, labored and produced their epoch achievements while working at the Libary.” p. 200

“‘The Rio Grande was more akin to the Nile.’

‘Nile?’

‘The headwaters begin in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. During the spring flooding season, as the winter snows melted, the water swept down the lower reaches in huge surges. The ancient Indians, like the Egyptians, dug ditches so the high water ran to their crops. That’s why the river you see now is a mere trickle of its former self. As the Spanish and Mexican settlers moved in, followed by the Texas Americans, new irrigation works were built. After the Civil War, railroads brought in more farmers and ranchers, who siphoned off more water. By 1894, shallow and dangerous shoals put an end to steamboating. If there had been no irrigation, the Rio Grande might have been the Mississippi River of Texas.'” p. 461

 Treasure, Clive Cussler, 1988

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