Alexandria

[al-ig-zan-dree-uh, -zahn-]
noun
1.
Arabic Al-Iskandarîyah. a seaport in N Egypt, in the Nile delta: founded in 332 b.c. by Alexander the Great; ancient center of learning.
2.
a city in NE Virginia, S of the District of Columbia.
3.
a city in central Louisiana, on the Red River.
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Alexandria (ˌælɪɡˈzændrɪə, -ˈzɑːn-)
 
n
Arabic name: El Iskandariyah the chief port of Egypt, on the Nile Delta: cultural centre of ancient times, founded by Alexander the Great (332 bc). Pop: 3 760 000 (2005 est)

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Alexandria definition


Port city of northern Egypt, located where the Nile River empties into the Mediterranean Sea.

Note: Founded by and named for Alexander the Great.
Note: One-time capital city of ancient Egypt, a center consecutively of Greek, Jewish, and Christian culture.
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the ancient metropolis of Lower Egypt, so called from its founder, Alexander the Great (about B.C. 333). It was for a long period the greatest of existing cities, for both Nineveh and Babylon had been destroyed, and Rome had not yet risen to greatness. It was the residence of the kings of Egypt for 200 years. It is not mentioned in the Old Testament, and only incidentally in the New. Apollos, eloquent and mighty in the Scriptures, was a native of this city (Acts 18:24). Many Jews from Alexandria were in Jerusalem, where they had a synagogue (Acts 6:9), at the time of Stephen's martyrdom. At one time it is said that as many as 10,000 Jews resided in this city. It possessed a famous library of 700,000 volumes, which was burned by the Saracens (A.D. 642). It was here that the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek. This is called the Septuagint version, from the tradition that seventy learned men were engaged in executing it. It was, however, not all translated at one time. It was begun B.C. 280, and finished about B.C. 200 or 150. (See VERSION.)

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