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But whether the Library of Alexandria comprised a collection within the Museum itself or occupied a separate building is not known, although the ruins of the library at Pergamon suggest that it was part of the Museum complex.

A zoo that sometimes is affiliated with the Museum was the royal menagerie of Ptolemy II.

In the Civil Wars, he recounts the Battle of Pharsalus (48 BC) and his pursuit of the defeated Pompey to Alexandria, where Caesar became embroiled in the Alexandrian War between Cleopatra and her younger brother, Ptolemy XIII.

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Access to the sea having been secured, a cordon was drawn around the most important positions, including the adjoining Theater, which commanded access to the harbor.

During the night, defensive barriers were established and later strengthened.

Among its exotic animals, "which had never before been seen and were objects of amazement" (Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, III.36.3, 5), was a snake more than fifty feet long.

Such creatures were called boas, says Isidore of Seville, because they killed cattle and oxen (boves) by entwining themselves around the udders and sucking them dry (Etymologies, XII.4.28; Pliny, Natural History, VIII.36ff).

Besieged and desperate, Caesar "burned all these vessels and those in the dockyards, since he could not protect so wide an area with his small force" (III.111) and retreated during the fighting to the island of Pharos, which was seized.