“Landmarks of Alexandria in Late Antiquity” in a Lecture at the BA

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The BA Alexandria Project organizes a lecture entitled “Landmarks of Alexandria in Late Antiquity”, delivered by Dr. Doaa Mohamed Bahey Eldin, Senior Researcher at the BA Center for Coptic Studies. The lecture is held on Wednesday, 18 May 2022, at 1:00 pm, in the BACC Delegates Hall.

The lecture tackles the architectural heritage of Alexandria in Late Antiquity, notably in the period between the fourth and seventh centuries AD, when Christianity was born in Egypt, and how this period influenced the architectural style created by local architects. It also discusses how Alexandrian artists were capable of creating harmony between the Hellenistic heritage of the city since its establishment in the Ptolemaic period, including the Roman era, and what was practiced in Constantinople, which became the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire.

The lecture examines the archaeological evidence and papyri that highlight the architectural features characterizing Alexandria in this late period of its history. Moreover, it sheds light on the significant role played by Alexandria as one of the major cities of the East during this historical period.