ACO Lighthouse of Alexandria

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]


During the Siege of Alexandria in 47 BCE, the Medjay Bayek of Siwa was tasked by Julius Caesar to light the fire at the top of the lighthouse to alert the Roman fleet, as he deemed Aya would not be able to accomplish it. Aya, desiring to prove Caesar wrong, took over the job from her husband and made her way to the Pharos. Despite facing difficulties with several of Ptolemy XIII's men, Aya was able to light the fire, allowing the fleet 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 of the tower. From there, they set sail for Rome.[3]