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Alexander’s Foundation of Alexandria

In: International Journal of Military History and Historiography
Author:
Edward M. AnsonDistinguished Professor of History, Department of History, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR, USA, emanson@ualr.edu

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Abstract

Many reasons have been offered for Alexander the Great’s foundation of Alexandria in Egypt. He wished to create a great economic and cultural centre, or a naval base from which to control the Aegean, or simply to expand his prestige. It has also been argued that Alexander may have had no greater purpose at all and that this entire episode in the Alexander saga owes much to Ptolemaic propaganda. This paper will argue that this Alexandria, like the Conqueror’s other foundations, was primarily to be a military base in a foreign land, designed to thwart any future attempt, in this case by the Egyptians, to free themselves from his control.

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