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Alexandria Rediscovered

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The last ten years have seen some of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries ever made in Alexandria, the legendary Egyptian city founded by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C. Presented here is a full account of these extraordinary finds and of the exciting expeditions that led to their discovery. Located on the northwestern end of the Nile River Delta, Alexandria was the greatest of Hellenistic cities and was a major center of Jewish and Christian culture. Athens' equal and political rival to Rome, ...
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Overview

The last ten years have seen some of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries ever made in Alexandria, the legendary Egyptian city founded by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C. Presented here is a full account of these extraordinary finds and of the exciting expeditions that led to their discovery. Located on the northwestern end of the Nile River Delta, Alexandria was the greatest of Hellenistic cities and was a major center of Jewish and Christian culture. Athens' equal and political rival to Rome, Alexandria awed ancient travelers with its wealth, size, and cultural prestige. But unlike Athens and Rome, practically no visible trace of this splendid city remains, and, despite over a hundred years of archaeological efforts, the results have generally been considered meager. Recent excavations, however, have yielded an unexpected wealth of information. Directed by the French archaeologist Jean-Yves Empereur and conducted with the most modern methods, these digs have greatly enriched our knowledge of the art and architecture of Alexandria and of the lives and living conditions of its inhabitants.
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Sandra Mardenfeld
. . .[L]avishly illustrated. . . .Empereur's stories about the excavations are fascinating. . .
New York Times Book Review
Sandra Mardenfeld
. . .[L]avishly illustrated. . . .Empereur's stories about the excavations are fascinating. . . -- The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807614426
  • Publisher: Braziller, George Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: An archaeologist in Alexandria 11
Ch. 1 A century of archaeological research 19
Ch. 2 The site of Alexandria 35
Ch. 3 City walls, houses and streets 45
Ch. 4 The Seventh Wonder of the World 63
Ch. 5 The Sarapeion and Pompey's Pillar 89
Ch. 6 The Caesareum 111
Ch. 7 A city of cisterns 125
Ch. 8 In search of Alexander's tomb 145
Ch. 9 The catacombs of Kom el-Shuqafa 155
Ch. 10 The Necropolis (Gabbari) 175
Ch. 11 The environs of Alexandria 213
Conclusion: Regrets and hopes 241
Genealogy of the Ptolemies 247
Notes 248
Index of persons, gods and places 250
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