ancient and more recent Alexandrian heritage. Two institutions of the Library emphasise the need to preserve and study the ancient and more recent heritage of Alexandria. The oldest one is the Alexandria and the Mediterranean Research Center (AlexMed). According to its own manifesto: â€œThe Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med) documents and researches the tangible and intangible heritage of Alexandria and the Mediterranean, whilst aiming to promote dialogue and exchange in the region. It seeks both to preserve the past and to promote the future development of the city of Alexandriaâ€?. These objectives are covered by a wide range of activities including local and international projects on urban development and heritage preservation, as well as events such as seminars, conferences and exhibitions. As part of its documentation and dissemination programme, AlexMed publishes for both researchers and the wider public. In addition, it provides a number of specialised databases including maps, reports, bibliographies and photographs.
Fig. 69. Logo of AlexMed
AlexMed has reconstructed a series of models â€“ digital and actual - of important Alexandrian sites and monuments, which today are preserved in a poor state or have been destroyed, for instance the Sarapeion of Alexandria, the temple of Taposiris Magna, the Kom el Dikka site and the Pharos Lighthouse. Another major programme held by the center was the digitisation of the Negative Glasses Archive of the Graeco-Roman Museum, dating back to the late 19th century, while intensive research is still in progress concerning the Arab and Ottoman period mosques, the cisterns and the cemeteries of Alexandria. Moreover, the monograph of Herman Thiersch on the Pharos Lighthouse has been translated into Arabic upon the hundredth anniversary of the original German publication.
The Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies (ACHS) (Fig. 70) More recently, in November 2007, the Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies was co-founded by the Onassis and Vardinogiannis foundations, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Alexandria