Sites & cities that bear the name of Hypselis


Today in : Egypt
First trace of activity : ca. 21st century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 6th century C.E
Recorded names : Shas-hotep, Shashotep, Ύψηλή, Hypsela, Apotheke, ϣⲱⲧⲡ, Shutb, ash-Shatb, Chutb

Description : Hypselis or Hypsela (Coptic: ϣⲱⲧⲡ), known to the ancient Egyptians as Shashotep, is an ancient Egyptian city and Roman bishopric, which was located near the modern town of Shutb (or ash-Shatb, Chutb) in the Asyut Governorate. Shashotep is first mentioned in texts dating back to the First Intermediate Period. During the subsequent Middle Kingdom it was the main town of the 11th Upper Egyptian nome. The main deity of ancient Shashotep was Khnum, who was sometimes called "Lord of Shashotep". The cemeteries near the modern place Rifeh, once belonged to the town. Later, the city became known by the Greeks as Hypselis.

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