Egyptian City Of Alexandria Had Intellectual Intelligence Unmatched By Others

One of the greatest centers of knowledge and learning in all of history, Alexandria had Ptolemaic rulers such as Philadelphus, which began when conquered by Alexander the Great's army.

Alexandria's demise as the premiere center of knowledge began with the establishment of Christianity as Rome's official religion.

Starting as early as 300 BCE the Ptolemaic kings who ruled Alexandria had the inspired idea of luring leading scholars, scientists and poets to their city by offering them life appointments at the Museum, with handsome salaries, tax exemptions, free food and lodging, and the almost limitless resources of the library. Patronage becomes alive.

Those who took advantage of this largesse established remarkably high intellectual standards. Euclid developed his geometry in Alexandria; Archimedes produced a remarkably precise estimate of the value of pi and laid the foundation for calculus.

Names unrecognizable by modern education, still one found that the earth was round, another decided the length of the year, and geographers and engineers made similar strides in hydraulics and pneumatic, anatomists understood the brain and nervous system were connected.

The level of achievement was indeed "staggering."

Our Great Depression called for the establishment of the WPA, the CCC, projects undertaken by President Roosevelt to make our country well again.

Taking this page from Alexandria's brilliant past, towns could benefit by patronizing talent to bring progress and promote sharing into the stark world of progressive starvation.

It doesn't matter what you call such largesse. It looms large in history. Only this time we need to spell patron as PAYtron.