The Environs of Alexandria.

Jason Thompson

in Description of Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9789774245251
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970160 | DOI:
The Environs of Alexandria.

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This chapter gives an account of the walled site of the old Arab city that has lately been rebuilt in a plain but substantial manner. It also examines some antiquities within the wall, particularly the ancient cisterns, and the obelisks. Furthermore, it discusses the objects without the wall, the burial-ground of the Jews, the ancient remains along the shore of the new harbour, and the Ruins of Nicopolis. It describes the great pillar. It also inquires the first great library of Alexandria, the Serapéum, and talks about the library which was burnt by command of ‘Om'ar. It then gives an overview of the Necropolis. Finally, it discusses the murder of a Frank.

Keywords: old Arab city; antiquities; cisterns; obelisks; new harbour; Serapéum

Chapter.  4836 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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