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How Alexandria laid foundations for the modern world

How Alexandria laid foundations for the modern world

The secret to Alexandria, if classical historians are to be believed, lies in a golden casket. Studded with jewels and small enough to hold in one’s hands, the casket was…

Rome wasn’t planned in a day … in fact it wasn’t planned at all

Rome wasn’t planned in a day … in fact it wasn’t planned at all

The grid system which the Roman republic exported all over Europe was never employed in the capital itself. The city has always lacked a coherent plan – save for the…

The birth of Baghdad was a landmark for world civilisation

The birth of Baghdad was a landmark for world civilisation

If Baghdad today is a byword for inner-city decay and violence on an unspeakable scale, its foundation 1,250 years ago was a glorious milestone in the history of urban design.…