By Anthony Hirst,Michael Silk

Alexandria, genuine and Imagined bargains a posh portrait of a rare urban, from its origin within the fourth century BC as much as the current day: a urban striking for its background of ethnic range, for the legacies of its prior imperial grandeur - Ottoman and Arab, Byzantine, Roman and Greek - and, no longer least, for the memorable photographs of 'Alexandria' built either via outsiders and via population of town. during this quantity of recent essays, Alexandria and its many pictures - the true and the imagined - are illuminated from a wealthy number of views. those variety from paintings historical past to epidemiology, from social and cultural research to re-readings of Cavafy and Callimachus, from the impressions of overseas viewers to the facts of police documents, from the buildings of Alexandria in Durrell and Forster to these within the twentieth-century Arabic novel.

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