The Alexander the Alabarch book series is about an historical person who lived in Alexandria, Egypt in the first half of first century A.D. This site is gradually adding images to help visualize the physical and material world of early Roman Egypt.
Crocodile on the sandbank of the Nile River. Source: Photograph taken in circa 1862 by Francis Frith, Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/item/2002706151
Souchos - crocodile god. Source: Jacques Vandier d'Abbadie. Catalogue des Ostraca Figures de Deir el Medineh, 2 (1937), no. 2650, Plate LXXVI
Nile hippopotamus Photo of hippopotamus in the Khartoum Zoo on the Nile River in Sudan taken 1936. Hippos have not beenseen in Egypt since the 1800s, but this Nile hippo is probably similar to the ones that lived in Roman Egypt. Source: Library of Congress https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/matpc.17313
Hippo in mosaic. An imaginative depiction of a Nile hippopotamus from a Roman era mosaic found in Rome. The hippo has a crocodile-like snout and teeth. Edited from a photo by Kass Evans.
Camel and donkey with riders. Man on camel and man on donkey, in front of Sphinx and the Great Pyramid, 1906. Source: Library of Congress http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/stereo.1s21307
Baboons. Painted ostraca from village of Deir el Medina Source: Jacques Vandier d'Abbadie. Catalogue des Ostraca Figures de Deir el Medineh, 2 (1937), no. 2001, Plate I