Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography - Study Guide Chapter 7, pg. 265-296 Summary & Analysis

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After Alexander's victory at Tyre all coastal cities with the exception of Gaza submitted to him. Gaza controlled the access to Egypt and was situated or an important trade route. Gaza, and its leader Batis, held Alexander for two months as he tried to penetrate the city. From Gaza it took a week to march to Pelusium in the Nile delta and then to Memphis. He spent a total of three months in Egypt. In Memphis, he was named Pharaoh of Egypt.

Alexander then sailed to Naucratis to direct the flow of maritime traffic through Egypt. He sailed around the island of Pharos and decided to build the city Alexandria there. He visited the oracles to ascertain his divine parentage. At the temple, he was greeted as the son of Ammon or Zeus. He returned to Pharos to build Alexandria.

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