Library of Alexandria

"Remember your epiphanies on green oval leaves, deeply deep, copies to be sent if you died to all the great libraries of the world, including Alexandria?" The Library of Alexandria was famously the greatest in the ancient world. It was also famously destroyed in late antiquity, so Stephen's self-mortifying fantasy is a little over the top. But the young Joyce actually did give instructions that were only slightly less pretentious.

John Hunt 2016

O. Von Corven's rendering, based on some archaeological evidence, of a room in the ancient Library of Alexandria, in The Memory of Mankind (Oak Knoll Press, 2001). Source: Wikimedia Commons.