Dalas

DALAS

A town in middle located some 8 miles (13 km) north of Bani Suef. Dalas was home to a at least as early as the persecutions of 250 when Chaeremon, bishop of Neilopolis/Dalas, fled for safety from his bishopric and was never heard from again (Eusebius Ecclesiastical History 6.42.3).

Monasticism also had an early beginning in Dalas. The “mountain of Tilodj [Dalas]” was the home of Saint ANTONY for a time and monks from came to the monastery of Tilodj/Dalas to learn about Antony after the of PACHOMIUS (Lefort, 1952, pp. 174, 177).

Though we have no certain attestation of a in Dalas in the Arabic period, the fact that the town is mentioned in medieval scales and lists of Egyptian is an indication that it was still a bishopric in the Middle Ages (see Munier, 1943, p. 64).

  • Amélineau, E. La Géographie de l’Egypte à l’époque , pp. 138. Paris, 1893.
  • Lefort, L. T. S. Vitae Sahidice Scriptae. CSCO 99-100, Scriptores Coptici 9-10. Louvain, 1952.
  • Munier, H. Recueil des listes épiscopales de l’église . Cairo, 1943.
  • Timm, S. Das christlich-koptische Ägypten in arabischer Zeit, pt. 2, pp. 498-502. Wiesbaden, 1984.

RANDALL STEWART