As you can see there were still room for many more students, even when there were several torurist strolling around.
This is not the Amphitheater of Philo’s time, of which he has so much to tell us when he records the events of the pogrom at ca 38 AD. This one is from the 4.th century and can held only a few hundreds. What is surprising is that this is the only Roman amphitheater known in present day Egypt. It was discovered by mere coincidence when foundations were being laid for apartments buildings. Now there are still some excavations in the area; close by there is also excavated a nice Roman villa, called ‘the villa of the birds’ because of its many mocaic pictures of birds, still keeping their beautyful colors.
Like most other Roman amphitheatres, the acoustic was excellent. There was a marked spot in the front middel; when you stepped upon it an talked, the sound changed dramatically; step aside, and it changed again.
There were also some remains of several other buildings in the area; it was said that several of them were lecture halls; hence in the 4.th century, it probably functioned as a center of learning.
I am back again after 10 very, very interesting days in Egypt, visiting a lot of sites and institutions, both Muslim, Coptic and Protestant Christians.
I hope to be able to post more on it during this week, but I caught a severe cold during the last days, so I will have to recover a little, and arrange my pictures.
But as you will gather form the picture above, we were able to visit Alexandria; a great experience!