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Alexandria: The Greatest City (2010)

Bettany Hughes goes to Alexandria, Egypt, too look at one of the great cities of history. Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was once one of the intellectual and culture hubs of the... See full summary »

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Bettany Hughes ...
Herself - Presenter
Salima Ikram ...
Herself - Egyptologist (as Prof. Salima Ikram)
Colin Clement ...
Himself - Centre d'Etudes Alexandrines
Emanuela Kulicka ...
Herself - Polish Archaeological Unit
Hoda El-Mikaty ...
Herself - Planetarium, Alexander
David Bainbridge ...
Himself - Veterinary Anatomist (as Dr. David Bainbridge)
Dirk Obbink ...
Himself - Papyrologist (as Dr. Dirk Obbink)
Justin Pollard ...
Himself - Archaeologist & Historical Consultant to Agora
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Bettany Hughes goes to Alexandria, Egypt, too look at one of the great cities of history. Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was once one of the intellectual and culture hubs of the world. It was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the immense Library of Alexandria. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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What about the earthquake?
22 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Alexandria: The Greatest City" is another show about the ancient world hosted by Bettany Hughes. You can tell she really loved talking about the city and her excitement permeated the show. During the course of the show, she discussed the city's founding during the time of Alexander the Great (it was one of many cities named after him), the multinational aspects of the town, the university, the work of Galen and the great library--the greatest repository of knowledge in the ancient world. She also, sadly, discusses some of the city's downfall--but only some. Oddly, she never mentioned the great earthquake during the 4th century after which much of the town fell into the sea. This odd omission is one of the reasons I scored it a 7 and not higher. However, like her other wonderful documentaries, it is STILL well worth seeing.


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