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It remains a terrible tragedy that much of the accumulated lrt0wMlfoif tbt Jndott Gtiek ¥«&f! , the empire was divided among his generals and close companions. Egypt was left to Ptolemy, Alexander's boyhood friend and a general. Ptolemy became satrap* of Egypt and had Cleomenes executed. He then had himself crowned King Ptolemy I of Egypt, thus establishing the Ptolemaic dynasty*. Ptolemy had Alexander's body buried in Alexandria and continued the construction of the city. He later made Alexandria the capital of Egypt, and it remained the capital for almost 300 years.

The Greeks and Romans also kept tame birds. Especially popular were crows, magpies, and starlings, which can be taught to talk, and nightingales and blackbirds, which have beautiful songs. Both the Greeks and the Romans kept ferrets—small, weasel-like animals—to kill mice and rats. By the time of the Roman Empire, cats were beginning to replace ferrets as controllers of rodents.

Night , when ghosts were believed to prowl, and walked barefoot through the house. ^$^,tjb &tofyy&Btei tte living from being carried off. At the same time, he said, "With these fctei;;«i^|e»R-'ti«taiiid,njlBe" •-";'"' relatives of the gods and heroes, this idyllic afterlife was eventually expanded to include ordinary people who had lived good lives or to people who belonged to the cult* called the ELEUSINIAN MYSTERIES (worshipers of Demeter, the goddess of grain and fertility). , the philosopher PYTHAGORAS and others suggested that the human soul might not die completely after death.

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