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The Penultimate CuriosityHow Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions$
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Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.001.0001

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The Divided City

The Divided City

(p.107) Chapter Twelve The Divided City
The Penultimate Curiosity

Roger Wagner

Andrew Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter focusses on the city of Alexandria. Alexander the Great founded this new Greek capital of Egypt around 322 BC and shortly after, his general Ptolemy imported 120,000 captive Jews from the Greek conquest of Judea. The city was divided into five districts named after letters of the alphabet: the Greeks in Alpha and Beta, the Jews and other immigrants in the north east Gamma and Delta districts, and the native Egyptians in Episilon. The city’s diversity was a frequent cause of friction and Alexandria became famous for its riots. However, a more positive aspect of Alexandria’s diversity lay in the mutual discovery of different cultures.

Keywords:   Alexandria, philosophy, multiculturalism, riots, diversity, Greeks, Jews, Egyptians

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