Description de l’Egypte

Ilyas Buqtur (1784-1821)

ILYAS BUQTUR (1784-1821) Learned Copt associated with Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Expedition to Egypt, who produced the first Arabic-French dictionary. Ilyas Buqtur, known in French sources as Ellious Bochtor, was born into a highly respected family in Asyut on 12 April 1784. His parents noticed his intellectual tendencies and provided a good early education. In 1801 …

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Jabal Al-Silsilah

JABAL AL-SILSILAH Mountain of the chain, so-called because the Nile at this place presents a narrow defile and was formally closed, it is said, by a chain, site of the ruins of a Coptic monastery. A Roman and Christian cemetery is situated between the ruins of the Coptic monastery and the village of Faris. Greek …

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Dayr Sunbat

DAYR SUNBAT A complex of ruins northeast of the ruins of ANTINOOPOLIS, in the angle of the amphitheater formed by the Arabian chain, of which the town of Antinoopolis occupies approximately the center. The whole complex, established on the spur of the mountain that overhangs Antinoopolis, includes the monastery itself, two chapels, and several cells. …

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Dayr Al-Shalwit

DAYR AL-SHALWIT About 6 miles (10 km) northwest of Armant is a small temple erected by the Roman emperors Hadrian and Antonius Pius in honor of the goddess Isis that is described by the local inhabitants under the name Dayr al-Shalwit. It was occupied by a Christian community, as is shown by numerous graffiti traced …

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