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ROMAN AMPHITHEATRE
— SUNDAY 6 JANUARY 2008 — ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT — ROMAN PERIOD —

Our next stop was the sprawling Amphitheatre site.

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It was discovered during the 1960s when a government building was planned for this location over the ruins of a Napoleonic fort that had earlier been destroyed.

It was the first, and so far only one discovered in a city which, according to an ancient source, once had four hundred of them.

 

The marble was imported from Europe (probably Italy). It could hold up to 700 to 800 people.

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According to the Polish-Egyptian excavation team:

“It is for the first time ever that such a complex of lecture halls has been uncovered on any Graeco-Roman site in the entire Mediterranean. With this discovery, the physical remains of an antique academic institution and perhaps the oldest "university" in the world have come to light.”


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