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When Mansa Musa went on a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324, he carried so much gold, and spent them so lavishly that the price of gold fell for ten years. 60 000 people accompanied him.

He founded the library of Timbuktu, and the famous manuscripts of Timbuktu which cover all areas of world knowledge were written during his reign.

Witnesses of the greatness of the Mali empire came from all part of the world. “Sergio Domian, an Italian art and architecture scholar, wrote the following about this period: ‘Thus was laid the foundation of an urban civilisation. At the height of its power, Mali had at least 400 cities, and the interior of the Niger Delta was very densely populated.’

The Malian city of Timbuktu had a 14th century population of 115,000 – 5 times larger than mediaeval London.

National Geographic recently described Timbuktu as the Paris of the mediaeval world, on account of its intellectual culture. According to Professor Henry Louis Gates, 25,000 university students studied there.

“Many old West African families have private library collections that go back hundreds of years. The Mauritanian cities of Chinguetti and Oudane have a total of 3,450 hand written mediaeval books. There may be another 6,000 books still surviving in the other city of Walata. Some date back to the 8th century AD. There are 11,000 books in private collections in Niger.

Finally, in Timbuktu, Mali, there are about 700,000 surviving books. They are written in Mande, Suqi, Fulani, Timbuktu, and Sudani. The contents of the manuscripts include math, medicine, poetry, law and astronomy. This work was the first encyclopedia in the 14th century before the Europeans got the idea later in the 18th century, 4 centuries later.
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This french movie is good sci fi..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6L5e3KR23A

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My friends all laugh when I tell them I am a varsity basketball coach! The truth is I love the game and realize that the high school level it's about teaching young men about how to handle and prepare in life for wins and losses! Coaching is about life preparation and perfecting ones skills so that they can handle defeat and be prepared for winning! Such a metaphorical song of life!
High resolution scans of the burial chamber of KV62 - Tutankhamun.
These images are very large so you may have to be patient with the loading times, but they are well worth a look: http://www.highres.factum-arte.org/Tutankhamun/
image: Tutankhamun and Osiris (detail from site listed above)
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