Sites & cities that bear the name of Canopus


First trace of activity : ca. 6th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 2nd century B.C.E
Recorded names : ⲕⲁⲛⲱⲡⲟⲥ, Peguat, Pikuat, Canobus, Kanobos, Kanopos, Schedia

Description : Canopus, also known as Canobus (Coptic: ⲕⲁⲛⲱⲡⲟⲥ), was an Ancient Egyptian coastal town, located in the Nile Delta. Its site is in the eastern outskirts of modern-day Alexandria, around 25 kilometers (16 mi) from the center of that city. Canopus was located on the western bank at the mouth of the westernmost branch of the Delta – known as the Canopic or Heracleotic branch. It belonged to the seventh Egyptian Nome, known as Menelaites, and later as Canopites, after it. It was the principal port in Egypt for Greek trade before the foundation of Alexandria, along with Naucratis and Heracleion. Its ruins lie near the present Egyptian town of Abu Qir.

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