Naucratis


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Naucratis

(nŏk`rətĭs), ancient city of Egypt, on the Canopic branch of the Nile, 45 mi (72 km) SE of Alexandria. It was probably given (7th cent. B.C.) by Psamtik to Greek colonists from Miletus and was the first Greek settlement in Egypt. The rise of Alexandria and the shifting of the Nile caused its decline. The site has been excavated, revealing pottery of a Greek type and ruins of Greek temples.

Naucratis

 

an ancient Greek colony in Egypt, in the western part of the Nile Delta. Naucratis was founded during the reign of Pharaoh Psamtik I in the mid-seventh century B.C., chiefly by Milesians. In the Hellenistic age, Naucratis, with Alexandria and Ptolemais, enjoyed the rights of a polis with municipal self-government and an elected council and officials. Archaeological excavations, first conducted in 1884, unearthed sanctuaries, the remains of workshops (pottery, glassmaking, and faience), and numerous inscriptions.

Naucratis

an ancient Greek city in N Egypt, in the Nile delta: founded in the 7th century bc
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The main sources are Galen of Pergamum who wrote mainly from a medical point of view, Athenaeus of Naucratis, a food encyclopaedist, Plutarch of Chaeronea, and Pliny.
The illustrations are well chosen to make the author's points, and they offer many views of less well-known monuments, including an underwater photograph of the recently found duplicate to the Naucratis stela.
The story is that in the region of Naucratis in Egypt there dwelt one of the old gods of the country, the god to whom the bird called Ibis is sacred, his own name being Theuth.