Ancient Alexandria

By A. Van Wagenen

What was Alexandria Famous For?

Alexandria was mostly famous for the Library of Alexandria which was one of the best-known libraries in the ancient world and one of the seven wonders of the world. The libraries, however, were gradually destroyed from the time of Caesar's invasion, and suffered especially in A.D. 391, when Theodosius the first had pagan temples and other structures razed. Also Alexandria became the political, cultural, and religious center of Egypt, the home of the Serapeum temple. Alexandria is probably best-known as a center for learning because of it's museum and library.
The Ancient Library Of Alexandria

Who was Associated with Alexandria?

The city of Alexandria was the Greek successor of Athens, founded and named after Alexander the Great. After Alexander died, Alexandria which was located between the Mediterranean and Lake Mareotis, was built up by Ptolemies.

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great was born July 20, 356 B.C. in Pella, Macedonia. During his leadership, from 336 to 323 B.C., he united the Greek city-states and led the Corinthian League. He also became the king of Persia, Babylon and Asia, and created Macedonion colonies in Iran.

Where is Alexandria Located?

Alexandria is located on the boarder of Africa and Greece and is in Egypt. It also was between the Mediterranean and Lake Mareotis, as said before. Alexandria was the second largest city in Egypt. Alexandria was also known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean." It has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean then Middle East.

Why was Alexandria so important?

First off Alexandria has one of the seven wonders of the world located in it. Also it was known for being the Mediterranean's center for Hellenism and Judaism. Also Alexandria was the most famous of ancient collections of scrolls.

These are some pictures of Alexandria

My Bibliography

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