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Aflaqah

AFLAQAH A town located in the Egyptian Delta in the Damanhur district of the Beheira Province. The HISTORY OF THE PATRIARCHS (Vol. 2, pt. 3, p. 323) relates that Patriarch CHRISTODOULUS (1047-1077) prophesied that his successor, the man who later became Patriarch CYRIL II (1078-1092), would be a monk named George who lived as a …

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Afrajun, Al- (Phragonis)

AFRAJUN, AL- (Phragonis) The transmitted name of an Egyptian city, the exact location of which is unknown. The Greek, Latin, and Coptic lists of the bishops who participated in the Council of NICAEA in A.D. 325 mention a Harpocration from Alphocranon. SAWIRUS IBN AL-MUKAFFA‘, in his Arabic version of this list, gives the name of …

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Abyar

ABYAR A city located in the Egyptian Delta about 9 miles (14.5 km) northwest of Tanta in the province of Gharbiyyah. The earliest reference to Christians in the area of Abyar is the notice in the HISTORY OF THE PATRIARCHS that around 1117 a hermit named Mercurius lived near the city. The first attested bishop …

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Abu Tij

ABU TIJ A town on the west bank of the Nile just south of the city  of Asyut in the province of Asyut. Abu Tij served in antiquity as the depot for grain gathered for shipment to Rome. Accordingly it was known in Egyptian as Pa-Chna and in Greek as Apotheke, both of which mean …

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Abusir Al-Malaq

ABUSIR AL-MALAQ A town located between the Nile and the Fayyum in the province of Bani Suef. It was known in Greek as Busiris and in earlier Arabic literature as Busir Quridis (M. Ramzi, 1960). As evidenced by archaeological finds from the earliest period of Egyptian history, Abusir al-Malaq has a very long history. It …

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Abusir Bana

ABUSIR BANA A town located in the Egyptian Delta about three miles south of SAMANNUD in the province of al-Gharbiyyah. Its Greek name was Busiris. Although Abusir Bana had a reputation as late as the Byzantine period for its devotion to Isis, Christianity also has a long tradition in the town. One of the bishops …

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Abuqir (Canopus)

ABUQIR (Canopus) A city located on the northern coast of the western Delta, 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Alexandria. The village’s name is an abbreviated Arabic form of the name of the Coptic saint Apa Cyrus, who taught Christianity in this area in the third century and was buried there after his death. Near …

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