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City of Alexandria aligned with rising sun on Alexander the Great’s birthday

A new study suggests that the ancient city of Alexandria was aligned so that on Alexander the Great’s birthday the sun would shine down the main road.

Ancient Alexandria was planned around a main east-west thoroughfare called Canopic Road, said Giulio Magli, an archaeoastronomer at the Politecnico of Milan. A study of the ancient route reveals it is not laid out according to topography; for example, it doesn’t run quite parallel to the coastline. But on the birthday of Alexander the Great, the rising sun of the fourth century rose “in almost perfect alignment with the road,” Magli said.

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Story: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience | Photo: BBC News

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