Greek president visits Shalallat Gardens excavation

Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos paid a visit to the excavations of Shalallat Gardens, prior to concluding a two-day visit to Egypt on Tuesday.

The dig is supervised by Greek archaeologist Kalliopi Papakostas, of the Hellenic Institute for the Research of Alexandrian Culture, who briefed Pavlopoulos on the latest excavation results.

Work on the excavations began over 20 years ago. They have revealed the royal quarters of the Ptolemies, the Hellenistic dynasty established in Egypt by one of Alexander the Great’s generals in 305 BC. The dynasty lasted until 30 BC, when its last ruler, Cleopatra, was defeated by Rome.