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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.

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Alexandria was founded around a small Ancient Egyptian town 331 BC by Alexander the Great.

It is best known as the home of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; its Great Library the largest in the ancient world.[1]

In 41, B.C. Marc Antony, one of the triumvirs, has been given the Eastern sphere of the Roman Empire to rule. There, he meets and falls in love with Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, who was also a consort of Julius Caesar during his life. Despite marrying Octavius's sister Octavia, Antony continues 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.[2]

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