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2.8.2. Lower Egypt

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Author(s): Kubisch, Sabine
A. Location, names and language [German source] Lower Egypt comprised the northern part of the Nile Valley (roughly as far south as the  Fayum oasis), including the Nile Delta and Mediterranean coast. Deserts and mountain chains form natural frontiers to east and west. According to Herodotus (2,17,3–6), the Nile split into five branches, while Strabo (17,1,18; C 801) counts seven. The discrepancy is explained by the constant changes brought to the delta by the annual Nile flood, and by the four centuries separating the two authorities [11138–146]. The Egyptians called Lower Egypt t3 mḥ…
Date: 2018-08-16

3.3.2. Religion: Eastern Mediterranean

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Author(s): Niehr, Herbert | Wittke, Anne-Maria | Kubisch, Sabine | Matthäus, Hartmut
A. General principles [German source] Scholars often treat the religions of the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean world 2.7.) in the context of the ‘Fertile Crescent’. This concept, however, brings together the religions of Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Egypt as dominant, while tending to neglect those of the Aramaeans (2.7.2.), the Phoenician cities 2.7.3., Israel (2.7.5.) and Judah (2.7.6.). Lumping cultures like Egypt and Mesopotamia together also has the effect of glossing over differences between them. …
Date: 2018-08-16