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ALEXANDRIA. On the reverse of a silver Hadrian (engraved in Oiselius, TAB. xxxiv. p. 149), the type of a female standing clothed in a tunic [supposed to represent the genius of Egypt]. She holds in her right hand the sistrum, in connexion with the worship of Isis [the movement of that instrument signifying the rise of the Nile.] In her left hand she holds a bucket or waterpot (situla) by which is indicated the flow of canals or watercourses.--Rasche.
The genius of Alexandria, or of Egypt in general, is figured on a brass medal of Hadrian (struck in Egypt), as a man, wearing on his own head the skin of an elephant's head and holding in his right hand a bundle of corn ears. He takes with the left hand that of the emperor, and lifts it to his lips, as if to kiss it, in acknowledgement of Hadrian's benefits to the city and country. Round the coin is engraved ALEXANDREA, and in the filed LIE (year 15).--Zoega, Num. Aegpt. vii.--[Mr. Akerman, some time ago referring to a specimen of the very interesting coin, then in his own possession, had remarked that the numeral 15 denotes the year of Hadrian's arrival at Alexandria.]