Alexandrea ad Aegyptum

Alexandrea ad Aegyptum

AUC Press

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Sherif Boraie

A nostalgic, gorgeously illustrated anthology of nineteenth and twentieth century writing on Alexandria

At the end of the eighteenth century, the city of Alexandria was a small backwater with a population of less than five thousand. Then in 1801 Muhammad Ali arrived in Egypt as second_in_command of an Albanian contingent, part of an Ottoman force sent to re_occupy the country after Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion in 1798. By 1805, Ali had become ruler of Egypt and in a short time, he built a new modern cosmopolitan AlexandriaÑa thriving commercial hub and court city, the countryÕs unofficial capital, and home to a large number of immigrants from the surrounding Mediterranean. Alexandrea ad Aegyptum, the old Latin adage meaning 'Alexandria by Egypt', re_emerged, underlining AlexandriaÕs singular separateness.

Foreign dominance was further reinforced by British colonialism beginning in 1882, until 26 July 1956, when, from the parapet of the Bourse on Muhammad Ali Square in Alexandria, Gamal Abd al-Nasser announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal. As the city's sizeable foreign community left, following the Suez War then through waves of nationalization, the international Alexandria ceased to exist. This beautifully illustrated anthology brings together the work of contemporaneous writers who witnessed the stages of AlexandriaÕs dramatic rise and growth during the nineteenth and early- to mid-twentieth centuries.

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