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scholarship. Before this, he managed to halt one of the revolts from which Alexandria suffered in the Roman period.


Fig. 42. Part of the Roman portico

It should be mentioned that Hadrian was not the only Roman emperor that had such an experience in the Alexandrian Sarapeion. Since the 1st century BC, there was extensive contact between the Sarapeion, its priestly circle, and the imperial court. It was during the reign of Nero that Chairemon, the Librarian of the Sarapeion, became the tutor of the emperor. Also, a series of imperial visits had been made to Alexandria, which were not only related to Roman politics, but also to the interest the Roman emperors felt for Alexandrian cultural life, including religious activities. The first clear evidence of imperial visits to Alexandria concerns Vespasian, who was invited to Alexandria on becoming emperor, in order to perform miracles in the name of Sarapis. This visit must have been related to the fact that the Jewish prefect of Alexandria, Tiberius Julius Alexander, was instrumental in helping Vespasian to gain the principate in 69 AD. Titus, like Vespasian, had first-hand experience of Egyptian cults through the attendance of rituals at the Alexandrian Sarapeion and the Temple of

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