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Letopolis
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(Λητοῦς πόλις; Lētoûs pólis). City at the south-western tip of the Nile delta, Egyptian (S)ḫm, modern Ausim (north-west of Kairo), main city of the 2nd Lower Egyptian district. The main god of L. was the falcon-shaped god of heaven (M)ḫntj-jrtj, who loses and regains his eyes at sunrise and sunset (sun and moon) and thereby symbolizes the daily cycle of the sun. Later he was identified with Haroeris. The sacred animals of the God of L. were mainly the ichneumon and the shrew-mouse (numerous bronze figures are extant, cf. Hdt. 2,141). Furthermore, a cult form of…

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Jansen-Winkeln, Karl (Berlin), “Letopolis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 09 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e702420>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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