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Asyoo't, &c., to Girʼga.

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.003.0024
Asyoo't, &c., to Girʼga.

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This chapter discusses the author's arrival at the large village of Munckaba't, where the western chain of mountains behind Asyoo't becomes a prominent feature in the landscape. Asyoo ‘t is also called Sooyoo't. This city has succeeded to Gir'ga (or Jir'ja) as the capital of Upper Egypt; or rather, of the southern provinces of Egypt. It is situated in the midst of a highly cultivated plain, at the distance of about a mile and a half from the bank of the river; there is a winding dike, chiefly formed of earth, leading to it. The fields around are subject to an annual inundation. This chapter describes the Asyoo't (the ancient Lycopolis), and the grottoes in its neighbourhood. It also describes another village named Cka'oo el-Kebee'reh (the ancient Antaeopolis). It then talks about the Oratory of the sheikh El-Hharee'dee, and towns named Akhmee'm (the ancient Chemmis, or Panopolis) and El- Menshee'yeh (Ptolemais).

Keywords: Asyoo't; Munckaba't; Gir'ga; Upper Egypt; grottoes

Chapter.  3653 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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