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Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt is an educational mode for Assassin's Creed: Origins.

The mode was released as a downloadable add-on on 20 February 2018 and is available for free to those who own the base game, or for purchase as a stand-alone version on PC. In it, players are to free roam the game's map of ancient Egypt and learn about the kingdom's history through a series of guided tours.[1]

Tours

Egypt

The Major Regions of Egypt

Bringer of Life, The Nile River

Deserts of Egypt

The Qattara Depression

Siwa

The Faiyum

The City of Memphis

Rediscovering Egypt

Natron

Fauna of Ancient Egypt

Flora of Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Jean-François Champollion

The Founding of Cyrene

The Agora & Thermal Baths

The Temple of Zeus in Cyrene

Important Monuments of Cyrene

The Acropolis of Cyrene

The Gladiator Arena

Major Exports of Cyrene

Pyramids

The Origin of the Pyramid

The Step Pyramid Complex of Djoser

Inside Djoser's Step Pyramid

Sneferu's First Pyramid

The Bent Pyramid of Dahshur

The Red Pyramid of Dahshur

Pyramids of the Middle Kingdom

An Overview of The Giza Necropolis

The Riddles of the Sphinx

Khufu's Funerary Complex

The Secrets of the Great Pyramid

The Great Pyramid: Subterranean Chamber

The Great Pyramid of Giza: Upper Chambers

Jean-Pierre Houdin's Theories

Khafre's Funerary Complex

Menkaure's Funerary Complex

Alexandria

The Greek Pharaohs

Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt

The Siege of Alexandria

Introduction to Alexandria

Alexandria: Planning of the City

Learn about the design and layout of the city of Alexandria.

  • Narrator: Alexander's plan to build his great city began with a verse from Homer's Odyssey. "There is, in front of Egypt, in the sea with many swells, an island called Pharos." Guided by these clues, Alexander the Great founded his future city at the western end of the Nile Delta.

  • Narrator: Though Alexander considered this location ideal for his great city, it presented considerable challenges. Too difficult to access during storms, the surrounding swamps threatened disease, and the limestone soil prevented the growth of healthy crops. However, due to the influence of his mentor Aristotle, Alexander the Great recognized that the true value was its strategic emplacement. Alexander knew that in controlling Pelusium to the east, Memphis to the south and his crowning glory, Alexandria to the west, he would create a triangular stronghold allowing him to control the entire Delta while giving him access to the Mediterranean.

  • Narrator: The great walls of Alexandria had a humble beginning. Lacking chalk to outline the future city's foundations, architects were forced to use flour instead. Clouds of migrating birds swept down and ate the flour, erasing the plans. This prompted Alexander to seek guidance from the oracles, who reassured him that his future city was destined to feed a large population.

  • Narrator: Excavations led by Mahmoud bey El-Falaki in the 19th century revealed that the wall enclosure measured approximately 5.2 kilometers in length, and 2.2 kilometers in width. It was roughly 9 meters in height.

  • Narrator: These formidable ancient walls would resist a number of attacks, including fending off the king of Syria in 169 BCE. It wasn't until 295 CE that they eventually fell to Roman Emperor Diocletian, and this only after eight months of relentless assault.

  • Narrator: Alexandria's principle architect, Deinokrates, chose a Hippodamian grid plan. The grid maximized functionality, with wide straight roads and canals running beneath them. Alexander recognized the military value of the city's design. The wide parallel streets gave him optimal surveilance of the city while allowing the unobstructed flow of troops.

  • Narrator: A central corridor ran from the Mediterranean's north port down to Lake Mareotis to the south. This thoroughfare acted as an unobstructed link for commercial trade and travel between the two ports. Many of the streets were bordered with grand buildings and parks, including the Canopic Street with its impressive gate bordering the eastern end.

  • Narrator: Alexandria was most likely built upon an already existing Egyptian village. Upon its completion, the Egyptians reviled the city, refusing to call it by its founder's name. Instead, they called it Ra-qed, "the building." as a mark of disdain, which was later Hellenized into Rhakotis. Despite this, the name Alexandria would remain.

Alexandria: A Commercial Hub

Alexandria, City of Celebration

Education in Alexandria

The Great Library of Alexandria

The Mouseion of Alexandria

The Serapeion of Alexandria

The Islands of Pharos

The Paneion

The Hippodrome of Alexandria

Daily Life

Osiris, The First Mummy

Mummies of Ancient Egypt

The Importance of Mummies

Amulets & Rituals

Temples & Rituals of Ancient Egypt

Temples And Priests

Building Ancient Egypt

Workers & Transport

Agriculture & Seasons

Ancient Egyptian Cultivation

Domesticated Animals of Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Medicine

Leather & Linen in Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Fashions

Artisans of Ancient Egypt

Evolution of Pottery in Ancient Egypt

The Egyptian Household

Beer & Bread

Wine in Ancient Egypt

Oil in Ancient Egypt

Romans

Roman Military Equipment

Roman Forts

The Forts of Cyrenaica

Roman Aqueducts

Crucifixion

Characters

  • Bayek of Siwa
  • Aya of Alexandria
  • Julius Caesar
  • Cleopatra VII Philopator
  • William Miles
  • Layla Hassan
  • Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator
  • Khemu of Siwa
  • Shadya of Euhemeria
  • Reda the Merchant
  • Hasina of Yamu
  • Actor
  • Egyptian Woman
  • Egyptian Nobleman
  • Egyptian Noblewoman
  • Roman SOldier
  • Greek Nobleman
  • Greek Noblewoman
  • Greek Man
  • Greek Woman
  • Ptolemaic Soldier
  • Bayek with Egyptian Hedj
  • Bayek with Egyptian Narok
  • Bayek as a Persian Commander

Timeline

Gallery

References

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