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That famous city lost all except its religious importance under the Ptolemies; after the destruction or dismantling by Lathyrus it formed only a series of villages.Some damage was also inflicted on it in 1813, when Napoleon made it the centre of his operations; one of the buttresses and two arches of the old bridge were then blown up. The dismantling of the fortifications had been begun by the French in, 810, and was gradually completed after 1817, the space occupied by them being appropriated to gardens and promenades.

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