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For the possibility of a lower total, see below, pp. 23, 29. 18 walter scheidel growth pattern for Alexandria without maintaining that the city had little in common with other major pre-modern capitals and was not subject to the structural inducements and constraints that guided their development. Short of falling back on the vapid truism that everything is possible, there does not seem to me to be a sensible alternative to a working hypothesis that is readily compatible with comparative evidence from a variety of other pre-modern settings.

Tscherikower 1927, 200 and Sonnabend 1991, 531 reckon with 10,000 free inhabitants or a total of 30,000 shortly after the foundation. Kolb’s guess of 100,000 residents in 300 BCE (Kolb 1984, 124), matches the estimate derived from the ‘London’ ratio and is therefore most likely too high. creating a metropolis 17 second half of the third century, and that the size of its population subsequently fluctuated for the next 200 years, perhaps declining somewhat in times of crisis, before it rebounded or even increased in net terms during the early Roman imperial period.

42 However, this issue cannot be properly addressed except with the help of archaeological documentation. 44 Hoepfner himself scaled down the residential area to 250 39 Fraser 1972, I 6, 17. For the role of Rhakotis in later Egyptian tradition, cf. Chauveau 1999. 8. 41 Haas 1997, 39–40. , Sonnabend 1991. Empereur 2000, 236 reckons with a large city from the start, 1,000 hectares enclosed by 21 kilometers of walls. 43 Hoepfner 1990. 44 Grimm 1996, 57–8. The necropolis of Shatby to the east was probably in use well beyond the late fourth century BCE (ibid.

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