The seed of the Western esoteric tradition, which would eventually branch out into the various systems discernible today, lay in the bosom of First Century Alexandria, Egypt. The city was founded in the fourth century BCE by Alexander the Great, a pupil of Aristotle, and soon became the intellectual center of the world, developing primitive alchemy, Hermeticism, Neo-Platonism and Kabbalah. The developing culture blended Chaldean, Egyptian, Hebrew, Persian, and Hellenistic influences.
The Musaeum was born of tradition from many anonymous alchemists. Our heritage begins in the mysterious mists of prehistory, but the single most outstanding ancient landmark is the Musaeum of Alexandria, Egypt, known especially for its great library.
The scholars of the Musaeum of Alexandria were the founders of scientific method, geometry, trigonometry, mechanics, engineering, round earth theory, the heliocentric model of the cosmos, and the Academy of Medicine in Alexandria. Operating much like a modern university, the Musaeum was the center of learning, science and culture in the ancient world. It inspired the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, Freemasonry, the Age of Reason, the Scientific Revolution and the speculative or symbolic alchemy of today’s Western Mystery Tradition.