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Alexandria is the second largest city and a major economic center in Egypt. They city extends along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country.

History

Alexandria was founded around a small ancient Egyptian town 331 BC by Alexander the Great.[citation needed]

It is best known as the home of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Glossary:Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, as well as for its Great Library, the largest in the ancient world.[2]

In 41 B.C., Marc Antony, one of the triumvirs, was given the Eastern sphere of the Roman Empire to rule. There, he met and fells in love with Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, who was also a consort of Julius Caesar during his life. Despite marrying Octavius's sister Octavia, Antony continued to lust after Cleopatra. This leads to war with Octavius, which Antony loses, in part because Cleopatra withdraws her fleet at a crucial moment. Aware that Antony is furious with her, Cleopatra sends him false news that she has killed herself because of him. Thus convinced of her love, Antony falls on his sword to join her in death. Hearing of this, Cleopatra commits suicide by allowing herself to be bitten by a poisonous asp.[3]

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