It is believed that the first skyscraper appeared in Chicago in 1885. It was just... 9 floors. A few years later in new York, a house has 30 floors. However, in the histories of the Romans and the Byzantines preserved information that in 280 BC in Alexandria was built 8-storey building, which was visible far from the sea. It served as a barracks for the soldiers of the Egyptian kings of the Ptolemaic dynasty. "Ancient skyscraper" stood for half a century and was destroyed by an earthquake. Restored after that there were only three first floor. After Egypt became a colony of Ancient Rome, there lived a Roman legionaries. That's only if you can take the message of ancient authors on faith?