17. What is the largest city in the Nile Delta today?
From Quiz Tales of the Nile Delta
Alexandria, founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great, is the third largest city in modern Egypt. Prior to its founding, there is evidence that suggests that at one time it was a trading post, however, by the time Alexander arrived on the site, it was just a small fishing village. After his death, and the subsequent civil wars between his generals, the area came under the rule of Ptolemy in 305 BC, who made Alexandria his capital. In a very short time, Alexandria became quite a diverse city, filled with intellectuals and skilled craftsmen. It was the center of the Hellenistic Age, and the largest city in the ancient world for a time, before becoming second to Rome. Today it is considered to be the largest city on the Mediterranean Sea. All of the other choices are found along the Nile River; the Nile Delta begins about 12 miles north of Cairo.