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date: 09 December 2022

Coptuslocked

Coptuslocked

  • Walter Eric Harold Cockle

Extract

Coptus (mod. Qift), a nome-capital of Upper *Egypt on the east bank of the Nile. The temple of Min, repaired by Ptolemy II (see ptolemy(1)), remained important until the Christian period. The focus of caravans to the *Red Sea, it conveyed Indian maritime trade to *Alexandria (1). In the first century ce Coptus exceeded *Thebes (2) in population, attracting *Palmyrene merchants. As the centre of *Aurelius Achilleus' revolt *Diocletian largely destroyed it c.ce 297. The tariff inscription of ce 90 is important.

Subjects

  • Ancient Geography
  • Near East

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