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The ancient port of Philotera is known today as Safaga. It is a small port 65 km south of Hurghada. The modern port stands amongst the ruins of the old port of Philotera built by King Ptolemy II from 223-246 BC.

The ancient historian Strabo tells us:

Next is a city is met with called Philotera, named after the sister of the second Ptolemy; it was founded by Satyrus, who was sent to explore the hunting-ground for elephants. (Geography, c. 22 CE XVI.iv.4-17)

In many ways it is a sister port to Berinece.

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