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Lighthouse of Alexandria

The Lighthouse of Alexandria, also known as the Pharos of Alexandria, was a lighthouse built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom between 280 BCE and 247 BCE on the island of Pharos in Alexandria. Designed by the Greek architect and engineer Sostratus of Cnidus, it was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World before its destruction.[1]

History

During the Siege of Alexandria in 47 BCE, the Medjay Bayek of Siwa was tasked by Julius Caesar to light the signal at the top of the lighthouse to alert the Roman fleet, as he deemed Aya would not be able to accomplish it. Bayek switched places with Aya, though, as they both wanted to prove Caesar wrong. She made her way to the Pharos, and despite facing difficulties with several of Ptolemy XIII's men, Aya was able to light the signal in time, the fleet coming in to reinforce and assist Caesar.[2]

Years later in 30 BCE, Aya, now known as Amunet, met with Phoxidas with an unconscious Caesarion by the harbor near the tower. From there, they set sail for Rome.[3]

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