The Arabic name of a city in that was known in Greek as and in Coptic as cne or cn/ (Sne). The city is situated on the west bank of the Nile some 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Luxor in the province of Qina.

Isna has a long and rich Christian tradition. Even before the Council of , in 325, Latopolis was a bishopric under , who had been ordained by Patriarch (300-311). Bishop Masis succeeded in 347.

The commemorates a number of from Latopolis, including Bishop Ammonius, on 14 and 19 Tubah. Both the and the Lives of give Sne as the birthplace of the famous . The same texts relate that , the successor of , was born of aristocratic parents from Sne/Latopolis.

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