Monday, December 19, 2011

Egypt’s Richest Library Set on Fire

Perhaps the worst thing I've heard all day concerns this fire at the Egyptian Scientific Institute that happened on Saturday in Cairo. Established in 1798 by Napoleon Bonaparte, it included in its catalog over 200,000 rare books. It reminds me of the looting of Baghdad at the beginning of the second Iraq War.

1 comment:

  1. Egypt has a rich history of great libraries burning down.