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Naucratis (Greek Ναύκρατις), was an ancient Greek city in Egypt, on the Canopic branch of the Nile, 45 mi (72 km) SE of Alexandria. It was probably given to colonists from nine Greek cities, including among other Miletus and Corinth, by Pharaoh Psamtik in the 7th century BC and was the first Greek settlement in Egypt.

The rise of Alexandria and the shifting of the Nile led to its decline. The site has been excavated, revealing pottery of a Greek type and ruins of Greek temples.