Sites & cities that bear the name of Tjaru


Today in : Egypt
First trace of activity : ca. 17th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 10th century B.C.E
Recorded names : ṯꜣrw, Zaru, Σελη, Selē, Sile, Ⲥⲉⲗⲏ, Selē, Ⲥⲗⲏ, Slē, Tharu, Djaru, Tjel, Sile, Edfu of Lower Egypt, Tel el-Habua

Description : Tjaru was an ancient Egyptian fortress on the Way of Horus or Horus military road, the major road leading out of Egypt into Canaan. It also appeared, though much less commonly, under the names Zaru, Tharu, Djaru and Tjel, and was known to the Greeks as Zele or Sile. It has been suggested that its remains form the Tel el-Habua near Qantarah. The Horus of Mesen was worshipped at Tjaru in the form of a lion, and because of its close theological connections to Edfu, it is sometimes referred to as the Edfu of Lower Egypt. Tjaru, being a frontier town in an inhospitable desert region, was a place of banishment for criminals. Horemheb in his Great Edict threatens as punishment for various crimes by officials disfigurement and banishment to Tjaru.

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