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    • snonymous
    • 10.09.11 | 17:18 (IDT)

    After the Pharaohs :"The Ptolemaic Kingdom was a powerful Hellenistic state, extending from southern Syria in the east, to Cyrene to the west, and south to the frontier with Nubia. Alexandria became the capital city and a center of Greek culture and trade. To gain recognition by the native Egyptian populace, they named themselves as the successors to the Pharaohs. The later Ptolemies took on Egyptian traditions, had themselves portrayed on public monuments in Egyptian style and dress, and participated in Egyptian religious life." Ended with Cleopatra. St. Mark and the Coptic religion around 450 a.d. Armenians were also the earliest recognized Christian state in that era. Then came the muslim invasion and even Ottoman invasions. Islamists may be challenging this whole region; however, Christianity and Judaism were there before and Persians and Greeks also.

    from the article: Arab Spring succeeded, it's Egypt that failed
    First published 15:56 10.09.11 | Last updated 15:56 10.09.11
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