Sites & cities that bear the name of Hermopolis


First trace of activity : ca. 21st century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 8th century C.E
Recorded names : ḫmnw, χaˈmaːnaw, Khemenu, Khmun, Ἑρμοῦ πόλις, Hermoû pólis, Hermopolis Magna, Ἑρμοῦ πόλις μεγάλη, Hermoû pólis megálẽ, Ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ, Shmun, الأشمونين‎, el Ashmunein

Description : Hermopolis (Ancient Greek: Ἑρμοῦ πόλις Hermoû pólis "the City of Hermes", also Hermopolis Magna, Ἑρμοῦ πόλις μεγάλη Hermoû pólis megálẽ, Ancient Egyptian: ḫmnw χaˈmaːnaw, Egyptological pronunciation: "Khemenu", Coptic: Ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Shmun) was a major city in antiquity, located near the boundary between Lower and Upper Egypt. A provincial capital since the Old Kingdom of Egypt, Hermopolis developed into a major city of Roman Egypt, and an early Christian center from the third century. It was abandoned after the Muslim conquest but was restored as both a Latin Catholic (meanwhile suppressed) and a Coptic Orthodox titular see. Its remains are located near the modern town of el Ashmunein (from the Coptic name) in Mallawi, Minya Governorate, Egypt.

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