Alexandria Culture

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Who choose the site of this famous Egyptian city and when?

Alexander the Great in 331 B.C.

What family ruled Alexandria next, and for how long?

Ptolemy family, 300 years

Who was the last in that line?

Queen Cleopatra

When did Egypt become a Roman province?

30 B.C.

How did Alexandria compare to Rome in the first century A.D.?

it was as large and as splendid as Rome

When arriving in Alexandria from as far away as 70 miles, what was the first thing one would see?

the Pharos

What was the plan of the city?

the streets were in a grid system

What was the main street in Alexandria?

Canopus Street

What was the Royal Quarter?

it was an area that contained palaces, temples, administrative offices, and gardens

What was the Caesareum?

a temple where the emperor was worshiped

Who began its construction?

Cleopatra

Whom was it first intended to honor?

Marc Antony

Who eventually finished it, only to dedicate it to himself?

Emperor Augustus

What the museum?

a university

What was so special about it?

it has the largest library in the world

What six nationalities were found in Alexandria?

Egyptians, Jews, Romans, Africans, Greeks and Indians

Who were the most powerful?

the Greeks

Features of the Museum

zoo, library, laboratory

Where did Pharos get its name from?

the island it was located on

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