S. CLARKE

Damanhur Al-Wahsh

DAMANHUR Today, an important town, the capital of the Beheira, the western province of the Delta. The origin of its name has been well established: it is “the city of Horus,” a name that suggests that it was made famous by a temple of Horus in the pharaonic period (see Cerny, 1976, p. 354). In …

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Psoï

PSOÏ The Coptic name of the town that was known in Greek as Ptolemais Hermiou (so named by the pharaoh Ptolemy I) and called al-Minshah today. The town is located on the west bank of the Nile in Upper Egypt some 7 miles (11 km) south of Akhmim. In the Roman and the Byzantine periods, …

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Durunkah

DURUNKAH A city in middle Egypt located on the left bank of the Nile about 5 miles (8 km) south of Asyut. The area south of Asyut in which Durunkah is situated has long been a center of Christianity. However, the attestations of Christianity in Durunkah itself do not begin until the medieval era. The …

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Dayr Al-Zawiyah

DAYR AL-ZAWIYAH The village today called al-Zawiyah is situated about 3 miles (5 km) from Rifah and 9 miles (15 km) from ASYUT on the edge of the desert. The monastery is south of the village. An ancient cemetery borders the village to the east in the desert, where one finds Roman pottery. W. M. …

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Dayr Tasa

DAYR TASA Today the name of a Coptic village on the right bank of the Nile on the edge of the desert, south of ABNUB and opposite ABU TIJ. The cemetery and ancient church have been preserved. No ancient author mentions it. S. CLARKE in 1912 noted the church and its titular, the archangel Michael, …

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