The temple is the first trace of the royal quarters of the Ptolemaic dynasty to be revealed in Alexandria.(via William Gibson on Twitter)
The find confirms the Greek dynasty of Egyptians continued the worship of ancient animal deities.
The Greek-speaking Ptolemaic dynasty ruled Egypt for almost almost 300 years, after the foundation of the city by Alexander the Great in 305BC until Queen Cleopatra was ousted by the Romans.
The temple is 60m (200ft) high and 15m (50ft) wide.
Archaeologists found statues of Bastet, worshipped by the Greek-speaking Egyptians as the moon goddess.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Temple of Bast found
The BBC reports on the finding of a temple of Bast in Egypt: