The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: From Ancient Hub of Knowledge to Modern Metropolis

TLDR Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great, quickly became a thriving trading city and intellectual center with its famous library. Although it declined after being conquered by the Arabs, modern-day Alexandria is now a bustling city with a rich history and vibrant coastal attractions.

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00:00 Alexander the Great established the city of Alexandria, which became one of the most important cities in the world known for its intellectual atmosphere and famous library.
01:48 Alexander the Great established the city of Alexandria in Egypt, which was strategically located along the Nile River and became a hub for intellectual and cultural activity.
03:20 Alexandria was strategically located with the potential for a harbor, and Alexander the Great's chief architect, Dinocrates, designed the city to be a Greek settlement with hydraulic engineering to bring fresh water from the Nile and a land bridge called the Heptastadion that connected the mainland to the island of Pharaohs, where the famous lighthouse of Alexandria was located.
04:54 Alexandria, the capital of the Ptolemaic dynasty, quickly grew to become one of the most important trading cities in the world, surpassing Carthage in size and becoming the biggest city in the world within a hundred years of its founding.
06:37 The lighthouse of Alexandria was destroyed by earthquakes in the 14th century, and its ruins can still be seen underwater, while the library of Alexandria, part of a larger complex called the Museum, became the largest library in the ancient world and the intellectual center of the city.
08:17 Alexandria remained important under Roman and Byzantine rule, but declined after being conquered by the Arabs in 641, and although it had a role in world affairs in the 18th century, it became a small town until it began growing again in the 19th and 20th centuries.
09:54 Today, Alexandria is one of the largest cities in the world, located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and with a population of 5.2 million people, and although it doesn't have many ancient ruins, it is still a great place to visit with its seaside restaurants and the opportunity to scuba dive and see one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
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