Definitions for naucratisˈnɔ krə tɪs
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Nau•cra•tisˈnɔ krə tɪs(n.)
an ancient Greek city in N Egypt, on the Nile delta.
Category: Ancient History, Geography (places)
Naucratis or Naukratis, loosely translated as " power over ships", was a city of Ancient Egypt, on the Canopic branch of the Nile river, 45 mi SE of the open sea and the later capital of Ptolemaic Egypt, Alexandria. It was the first and, for much of its early history, the only permanent Greek colony in Egypt; acting as a symbiotic nexus for the interchange of Greek and Egyptian art and culture. The modern site of the city has become an archaeological find of the highest significance and the source of not only many beautiful objects of art now gracing the museums of the world but also an important source of some of the earliest Greek writing in existence, provided by the inscriptions on its pottery.
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