Elephantine, Aswaʼn, the Cataracts, &c.

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:
Elephantine, Aswaʼn, the Cataracts, &c.

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This chapter gives a striking account of the scenery of the environs of Aswa'n. It also talks about the Island of Elephantine; now called Gezee'ret Aswa'n (or the Island of Aswa'n); which extends before the modern town, and partly before the ancient town also. It describes the Nilometer on the Elephantine Island and other remains there. It then discusses the modern town of Aswa'n, old Aswa'n, and Syene. Furthermore, it talks about the Temple of Syene, gives remarks on the Tropical Well, old Arab Cemetery, and the usual land route from Aswa'n to the bank of the Nile opposite Philae. Finally, it describes the Island of Sahey'l, between Elephantine and the Cataracts, and its sculptured rocks.

Keywords: Aswa'n; Island of Elephantine; Nilometer; Syene; Sahey'l

Chapter.  9184 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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