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Description of EgyptNotes and Views in Egypt and Nubia$
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Edward William Lane

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9789774245251

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.001.0001

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Asyoo't, &c., to Girʼga.

Asyoo't, &c., to Girʼga.

(p.267) Chapter XXIII. Asyoo't, &c., to Girʼga.
Description of Egypt

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

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

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