-Ptolemaic dynasty, especially the institute at the library of Alexandria, and the scientists, astronomers, and mathematicians who worked there (I know Cleopatra was the last of this dynasty but she was also far less consequential than the first three Ptolemies)
-location of key ancient Greek manuscripts for the New Testament that were preserved for many hundreds of years thanks to the arid climate
-use as breadbasket of ancient Rome
-in medieval times, the Mamluks
-historic leadership within the Islamic world of the Cairo theologians
"What ancient Egyptian capital is the namesake of a major city in Tennessee?"
"What city is the namesake of a popular Las Vegas casino?"
How would I know these as an Egyptian?
As for the Luxor casino, it is quite famous for its pyramid and the extremely powerful light at its top. But I rather agree that a hint about the ancient temple of Thebes would be better.
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