“[Alexandria] was the first modern city. It stood at the confluence of three ancient cultures: Greece, Egypt & the Middle East, including Babylon. People of of every colour and religion from Syria, Asia Minor, Iberia, Phoenicia, Nubia, the Arabian Peninsula, Persia & India swarmed its streets, did business in its shops, and unloaded their goods in its warehouses… [Until the arrival of Christianity centuries later, p]eople were too busy making money to fight over religious or ethnic differences.
“No other ancient city demonstrated so powerfully Aristotle’s assertion that ‘a difference of capacities among its members enables them to attain a higher and better life by the mutual exchange of their different services.’ From that point of view alone, Alexandria was already Aristotle’s city … the perfect place to give Aristotle a new boost as the godfather of Western science.”
~ Arthur Herman, from his book The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilisation