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Academic Life Of Late Antique Alexandria: A View From The Field

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The Alexandrian Library has always been a great, living legend that archaeology has tried vainly to come to terms with. The recent discovery of lecture halls at the Kom el-Dikka site, which has generated much popular interest, has been also hastily and erroneously linked by some journalists with the Library, again raising fruitless hopes that it could be found. The excavations of the joint Polish-Egyptian expedition, working on the site for the past forty plus years, brought to light the only extensive section of ancient urban architecture to be seen in Alexandria to date. The intellectual and academic life of Late Antique Alexandria is surprisingly well documented in the written sources. The size of the complex discovered at Kom el-Dikka and its localization in public space leaves no doubt that it was an investment project of municipal importance.

Keywords: Kom el-Dikka site; Late Antique Alexandria; Polish-Egyptian expedition



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