By Christopher Haas
Moment purely to Rome within the historic international, Alexandria was once domestic to lots of overdue antiquity's so much excellent writers, philosophers, and theologians -- between them Philo, Origen, Arius, Athanasius, Hypatia, Cyril, and John Philoponus. Now, in Alexandria in overdue Antiquity, Christopher Haas bargains the 1st publication to put those figures in the actual and social context of Alexandria's bustling city milieu. as a result of its transparent demarcation of communal barriers, Alexandria offers the trendy historian with a fantastic chance to probe the multicultural make-up of an old city unit. Haas explores the huge avenues and again alleys of Alexandria's neighborhoods, its suburbs and waterfront, and points of fabric tradition that underlay Alexandrian social and highbrow existence. Organizing his dialogue round the city's non secular and ethnic blocs -- Jews, pagans, and Christians -- he info the fiercely aggressive nature of Alexandrian social dynamics. not like contemporary scholarship, which cites Alexandria as a version for peaceable coexistence inside of a culturally varied group, Haas unearths that the varied teams' struggles for social dominance and cultural hegemony frequently led to violence and bloodshed -- a risky scenario often exacerbated by means of imperial intervention on one part or the other.Eventually, Haas concludes, Alexandrian society accomplished a definite balance and reintegration -- a procedure that ended in the transformation of Alexandrian civic id throughout the the most important centuries among antiquity and the center a while.
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From Drscnphon dr: I’Egvpte, Planches, Antiquite, Paris, 1822, vol 5 , pl. 1 The emperor had spent half a year encamped before the walls of Alexandria because he recognized its strategic importance, and the danger that it posed were it to persist in rebellIOn. After all, inJuly of 69, Vespasian was first acclaimed as emperor in Alexandria, and the third century had witnessed a number of imperial usurpations originating in the city. Egypt was one of the empire's most important granaries, and Alexandria served as the conduit for this VItal grain supply as well as for much of the empire's trade with the east.
C. According to this story, the architects accompanying Alexander ran out of chalk while they were tracing the future course of the cnys walls. For lack of a better substitute, they used barley meal to complete the outline. Almost immediately, however, a great flock of birds descended from the sky and eagerly devoured the grain. This naturally troubled the Macedonian conqueror, who turned to his augurs for an explananon of the portent. They assured him that, rather than presaging misfortune, the incident foretold the Clty'S great abundance and ltS abllity to feed many nations.
Strabo himself bears witness to the utility of this method. 9 This characteristic, most clearly seen in the regular grid pattern of the streets, set it apart from such cities as Athens or Rome, both of which grew and evolved over the course of centuries. C. There were important accretlOns to the original design (for instance the Serapeum, the Caesarion, and the extramural necropoleis), but these later additlons only tended to enhance the strong and forceful lines of the Clty's original conception.