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Description of EgyptNotes and Views in Egypt and Nubia$
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Edward William Lane

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9789774245251

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.001.0001

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The Environs of Alexandria.

The Environs of Alexandria.

(p.10) Chapter II. The Environs of Alexandria.
Description of Egypt

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

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

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