(ORDO NEWS) — Divers found the remains of a warship that sank in the ancient city of Thonis-Heraklion. For a long time, this city was considered the largest port in Egypt. Also, Greek graves were discovered, which proves the visit of Greek merchants to Egypt at that time.
This is reported by jpost.com.
This ancient city has long been considered the main city in the entire region. Its meaning changed only after Alexander the Great built Alexandria in the immediate vicinity in 331 BC. Tonis-Heraklion was almost completely destroyed, and then completely sank under the influence of several strong earthquakes and tidal waves. This city was reopened by specialists in 2001.
The discovered warship sank back in the 2nd century BC, when the world-famous temple of Amun collapsed. After researching the find, experts said that the ship has a classic structure and some features characteristic of ancient Egyptian ships.
In another part of the ancient city, a Greek burial complex was found. Scientists attributed it to the 4th century BC. Such a discovery suggests that Greek merchants still lived in the Egyptian city. It is worth noting that they were allowed to settle in Tonis-Heraklion only during the reign of the later dynasties of the pharaohs.
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