ABSTRACT

We left Alexander of Macedon entrusting the detailed planning of the new city to his architect, Deinocrates. The conqueror did not return, alive, to Alexandria. (Years later, after some dispute, the body was brought back and placed in the building at the centre of the city, called alternately the Soma — body — and the Sema — tomb.) He had been only in his twenties when he founded Alexandria, anticipating a career of lifelong empire building. But a fatal illness struck him at the age of thirty-two.