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Sebritai, Sembritai
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(Σε(μ)βρῖται/Se(m)brîtai). According to Str. 16,4,8 and 17,1,2 the term ('foreigners') for (allegedly 240,000) Egyptian soldiers who under Psammetichus [1] I (664-610 BC) deserted from their garrison in Elephantine (cf. Hdt. 2,30 and Diod. Sic. 1,67) and settled in Sudan. As for the precise location of this settlement the sources conflict (cf. apart from Str. also Plin. HN 6,191 ff.; Ptol. 4,20 ff.). The historicity of Herodotus's account can not be confirmed from Egyptian sources; There are, however, testimonies of a similar accident under Apries (589-570 BC…

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Jansen-Winkeln, Karl (Berlin), “Sebritai, Sembritai”, 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 30 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1106230>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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