El-Minʼyeh, Benʼee Hhasʼan, and Antinoë.

Jason Thompson

in Description of Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9789774245251
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970160 | DOI:
El-Minʼyeh, Benʼee Hhasʼan, and Antinoë.

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El-Min'yeh, or Min'yet IbnKhasee'b, though a small town, is the capital of the middle provinces of Egypt, or of that part which constituted the ancient Heptanomis. It contains several soo'cks (or streets of shops), covered over-head with matting; and its market is pretty well stocked. To a distance of about three miles above the small town just mentioned, are some ancient quarries and sculptures, representing the processes of agriculture, domestic scenes, etc. Numerous other grottoes can be seen a few miles further south, on the same side of the river. A little above these are the very interesting grottoes of Ben' ee Hhas'an; so called from two deserted and ruined villages just beyond them. A little further away, in a grove of palm-trees, is the village of Esh-sheykh ‘Aba'deh, on a part of the site of the ancient city of Antinoe, which was founded by Adrian, in honour of his favourite Antinous.

Keywords: El-Min'yeh; Min'yet IbnKhasee'b; Egypt; Heptanomis; grottoes; Ben' ee Hhas'an; Antinoe

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