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Babylon of Egypt: The Archaeology of Old Cairo and the Origins of the City

Peter Sheehan


This book presents a history of Old Cairo based on new archaeological evidence gathered between 2000 and 2006 during a major project to lower the groundwater level affecting the churches and monuments of this area of Cairo known by the Romans as Babylon. Examination of the material and structural remains revealed a sequence of continuous occupation extending from the sixth century BC to the present day. These include the massive stone walls of the canal linking the Nile to the Red Sea, and the harbor constructed by Trajan at its entrance around 110 AD. The Emperor Diocletian built the fortress ... More

Keywords: Old Cairo, Babylon, Nile, Red Sea, harbor, canal, Trajan, Diocletian, al-Fustat, fortress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789774162992
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162992.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Sheehan, author