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Egypt
Egypt
is the site of one of the most ancient civilizations in the world, and one of the first great empires known to history. By the time of the Third Servile War, though, Egypt was in decline, having passed through centuries of foreign rule, having been subjected first to the Assyrians, then the Persians, and finally the Macedonians and Greeks led by Alexander the Great. After conquest by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C., Egypt was ruled by one of Alexander's generals, Ptolemy, who founded a Macedonian dynasty which ruled Egypt until the final conquest of Egypt by Octavian. Each of Ptolemy's male successors also ruled under the name Ptolemy, and the period of Egyptian history from the time of Alexander's conquest to the death of Cleopatra VII, the last descendant of Ptolemy, is known as Ptolemaic Egypt.

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