Alexandria : Past, Present and Future, Paperback

Alexandria : Past, Present and Future Paperback

Part of the New Horizons S. series

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Created 2,300 years ago at the wish of Alexander the Great, Alexandria is still the largest city in the Mediterranean world.

It evokes a succession of images - the Tomb of Alexander, the Pharos, the Library, Antony and Cleopatra, Cavafy and Durrell, all reminders of its magnificence and cultural influence.

Over the centuries it has known many setbacks. In 1820, with the advent of Mohammed Ali, it began to reawaken, and became a model of cosmopolitanism of which many still regret the passing.

Today, with the building of the great new library, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the city is again looking to the future.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages, 190 illustrations, 138 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: African history
  • ISBN: 9780500301104



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This pocket book offers an excellent introduction to a fascinating city whose history well matches the motto of Paris "fluctuat nec mergitur". Alexandria has seen many an ebb and flow of its fortunes. As a Greek bridgehead to Egypt it was a multicultural trader city from the beginning that flourished under the Ptolemaic kings until management passed on to the Romans, followed by the Byzantines and the Islamic conquerors. Later on, the crusaders and Napoleon showed up. European traders revived the city in the 19th century which saw tremendous growth from 13.000 inhabitants in 1821 to 573.000 in 1927. Today, it is a city of nearly four million people. The turmoils the 20th century meant that Alexandria lost most of its cosmopolitan flair. Only recently has the city seen a recovery in its fortune. Hopefully, the developments in Egypt will further the modernization of Alexandria in its third millennium.Written by a French expert and connoisseur of the city, it is lavishly illustrated and covers its topic from many angles. Highly recommended.

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