DAYR AL-NASARA

Dayr Al-Dik

DAYR AL-DIK [This monastery, now in ruins, is situated on the right bank of the Nile, a good hour’s walk to the north of ANTINOOPOLIS. There were also on the edge of the river some cells fitted up with a church in caves in the cliffs that overhang the river.] History The monastery of Dayr …

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Asyut

ASYUT A city on the west bank of the Nile in middle Egypt. The Greeks called the city lÚkwn pÒlij, Lúkon pólis (Lycopolis, “wolf city”) because of the citizens’ reverence for Wepwawet, the wolf god. Asyut, the city’s modern Arabic name, is derived from the Coptic cioout. Lycopolis, home of a Christian community since at …

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Dayr Al-Misaykrah

DAYR AL-MISAYKRAH Northwest of Armant is a small cluster of ruins situated on a promontory on the slope of the desert plateau, wrongly described by Doresse (1949, p. 327) and by Timm (1984, p. 767) as DAYR AL-NASARA. Two structures may be distinguished, the larger of which probably comprises the ruins of a residential building. …

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Dayr Al-Nasara (Asyut)

DAYR AL-NASARA (Asyut) A monastery southeast of Asyut. It should not be confused with the monastery of the same name to the northwest of Armant. It is a walled ecclesiastical complex on the edge of the desert. The unpretentious small church is restored and contains a number of extensions on both sides. In its oldest …

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Ansina

ANSINA The Arabic name of the city known in Greek as Antinoë or ANTINOOPOLIS. Located on the east side of the Nile about 6 miles (9.5 km) north of Mallawi in the province of Asyut, the city was founded in 130 by the emperor Hadrian in honor of his friend Antinous, who had drowned in …

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Dayr Harmina (Asyut)

DAYR HARMINA (Asyut) A monastery in the desert at the foot of the mountain that contains the underground construction of the ancient Qaw, about a mile (1.5 km) northwest of the village of ‘Izbat al-Aqbat (farm of the Copts). The Life of Saint Harmina is given in summary form by the recension from Upper Egypt …

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