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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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Elephantine, Aswaʼn, the Cataracts, &c.

Elephantine, Aswaʼn, the Cataracts, &c.

(p.417) Chapter XXX. Elephantine, Aswaʼn, the Cataracts, &c.
Description of Egypt

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

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

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