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Fuad and Sultan Hussein. The main street of this district is named after the Ptolemies, while also Neroutsos, the so-called father of Alexandria Archaeology of the 19th century gave his name to another street. The Greek and other elite groups of Cosmopolitan Alexandria inhabited this area, and until today it preserve its elite status in city’s topography. Chatby was another area of distinctive Greek character. There, the Greek Quadrate, the heart of the Greek community, is still situated, hosting all the important public institutions such as, schools, the consulate, orphan and old people houses, and the Greek Sports Union. This area concentrates most of the Greek streets names, such as Dinocrat,117 Hibocrat,118 Homer, Soter,119 Herodotus, and of course Alexander the Great.


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Nevertheless, no example could illustrate the continuity in Alexandria’s topography from antiquity to the modern period than the Canopic street, one of the two main arteries of the ancient city. Although today known as Fuad or Horeya Avenue, the Canopic street remains unstoppably in use, “carrying” the important historical events in the city. It was in this street where the impressive Great Procession of Ptolemy II took place, described in the text of Kallixeinos of Rhodes; where Theophilus exposed the sacred objects of Alexandria’s Mythraeum, causing the last episode of the Pagan-Christian conflict; where Hypatia was dragged the day she met her death. Almost 1500 latter, Gamal Abdel 117

. The Rhodean architect of Alexandria, appointed by Alexander the Great . The Arabic version of Hippocrates 119 The epithet of Ptolemy son of Lagos, founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty 118

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