Brill’s New Pauly

Get access

(153 words)

[German version]

This item can be found on the following maps:

Egypt | India, trade with | Egypt

(Συήνη/Syḗnē, Egyptian Swnw/'place of commerce'), present-day Assuan, city on the western shore of the Nile across from the island of Elephantine, first mentioned on a border stone under Sesostris I [1]. Although S. was an important market as well as a staple market and the starting point of Nubian expeditions, it was not important at first from an administrative and military point of view. Aramaic papyri in S. document that it was occupied by a …

Cite this page
Helck, Wolfgang, “Syene”, 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 24 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

▲   Back to top   ▲