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The small island situated near the modern Asswan in the Nile, called Elephantine by the Greeks, marks the southern boundary of ancient Egypt. Ezekiel 29:10 mentions it by the name Syene (Heb. seweneh). Today, two Nubian villages and an extended, partially excavated area with ancient Egyptian structures and an archeological museum, can be found on the island. It has been the site of German and French excavations (1906–1911), and German and Swiss excavations since 1969. Among the structures, the restored ancient E…

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Lang, Bernhard, “Elephantine”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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