- "We can roam the bloated stacks of the Library of Alexandria, where all imagination and knowledge are assembled, we can recognize in its destruction the warning that all we gather will be lost."
- –Alberto Manguel
This wonder is quite difficult to make use of, since its main bonus (the boost to techs) appears in a moment when you probably have already researched most of the technologies which it affects. Its other boosts are nice, but not really important. As it stands, the only case in which the wonder is worth it is when a civilization is lagging severely in tech development, while at the same time it has very strong Culture and has managed to unlock the Great Library relatively early. China, however, may get more out of this wonder than most due to their boosts being 50% rather than 40%.
Note that the effect doesn't affect techs which have had their boost already activated at the time of completion of the wonder.
Civilopedia entry Edit
It is generally assumed that the Royal Library of Alexandria was founded at the beginning of the 3rd Century BC during the reign of Ptolemy II after his father had built the Temple of the Muses on the site. The original collection is attributed to Demetrius Phalereus, a student of Aristotle’s (supposedly the famed philosopher’s own scrolls served as the seed); with the patronage of Ptolemy’s successors, the holdings eventually reached between 400 and 700 thousand papyrus scrolls and various vellum codices. Expansion of the collection became an obsession for some of the rulers; by decree of Ptolemy III, all visitors to the city had to surrender any writings in their possession, which were copied for the Library. Sources differ widely on responsibility for the fiery destruction of the Great Library’s collection of texts; usual suspects listed include Julius Caesar’s troops in 48 BC, Roman Emperor Aurelian c. 270 AD, and others. But it does appear that the last vestiges were burned in 391 at the orders of the Patriarch Theophilus to eradicate pagan influences in Egypt – not the last time Christians would burn books.