Show Summary Details

p. 565. Pharaoh: Alexander and Egyptlocked

  • Hugh Bowden

Abstract

‘Pharaoh: Alexander and Egypt’ chronicles Alexander's journey into Egypt, which was the first of the major Near Eastern kingdoms to come under his control. Egypt had a system of government that had been in existence for over two-and-a-half millennia. Two events are important for Alexander's time in Egypt: the foundation of the city of Alexandria and the visit to the oracle of Amun at Siwa. Ancient writers disagree about the relative chronology of the two events. This adds mystery to the first of the two stories. Ancient Alexander Historians all emphasize the personal involvement of Alexander in the construction of Alexandria. They also provide versions of a prophetic story about the foundation. What did the Egyptians think of their new ruler?

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.