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The Pompey’s Pillar, Alexandria, Egypt.

The Pompey’s Pillar, Alexandria, Egypt.

The Roman ruler of Egypt erected this memorial column between 284-305 A.D. in honor of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. A serious revolt in the city took place and Diocletian came himself, ordering the city to be besieged. After 8 months of resistance, the city finally surrendered and returned to Roman rule. As a result of the siege, there was famine in the city and therefore the Emperor ordered that a portion of the corn which was sent to Rome annually be given to the people of Alexandria instead. He exempted them from paying taxes during these hard times as well. This memorial column was erected in gratitude for what Diocletian did for them during these hard times. In the Middle Ages the Crusaders believed mistakenly that the ashes or remains of the great Roman general Pompey were in a pot at the top of the column. This is how it got the nickname "Pompey's Pillar."

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Photo prise @ Alexandria le 16 octobre 2018 (© ER is back in Brazil. / Flickr)

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