Archeologists discover ancient gymnasium near Egypt's Cairo
Egypt's antiquities ministry says archaeologists have discovered remnants of an ancient gymnasium. It dates back about 2,300 years. That makes it from the Hellenistic period.
The discovery was made by a German-Egyptian mission. It was at the site of Watfa. That is in Fayoum province. It is about 50 miles southwest of the capital. The capital is Cairo.
Watfa is the site of the ancient village of Philoteris. It was founded by King Ptolemy II. It was founded in the 3rd century BC.
Ayman Ashmawi works for the ministry. He says the gymnasium consists of a large meeting hall. It was once filled with statues. It had a dining hall. It had a courtyard. And it had a racetrack. It was nearly 200 meters long.
Cornelia Roemer is the head of the mission. She says the discovery clearly shows the impact of Greek life in Egypt. This is not only in Alexandria. But it is also in the countryside.
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