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The Nomes of Ancient Egypt
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Bat
or Bat-sistrum Hut-Sekhem Cult centre of Bat, Ptolemaic and Roman
7. UE (The area covering the or
Bat structures reduced to
Nile’s return to its south- Bat Hathor?
[Kephre-ka-re?] assimilated with
ospolis Hathor during foundations – no formal
north direction around Nag Horus?
(Gr. Di
Parva, Mod. Hu) archaic period? identity of deity for that period
Hammadi)

Also known as the “Sistrum” (sSS) nome. It is shown on one of the triads of Menkaure (Dynasty 4) where the nome sign is portrayed on a standard. The first major town in this
nome was Batiu. During the reign of Sensuret I there was an area called Hut-sekhem-kephre-ka-re (Powerful is Kheperkare [Sensuret I]) However, the name was
misinterpreted at later times and shortened to Hut-sekhem, the area which is now as Hu. Although this town was always considered a major centre, according to the listing of
Rekhmire (Dynasty 18), several autonomous localities lay within the nome itself. There is the possibility that they might have included Seshesht, Tabenna (Pe-Bennu), Ateb and
Sammud? In the Ptolemaic era the province was known as the Diospolites nome.



Temple to
Abdju (Gr. Khentia-mentiu, Temples to the cults of Middle
-mentiu Abydos, Mod. el- then to Osiris,
Kingdom and Dynasty 19
The Oldest Land (tA wr)
Osiris Arabah) who supplanted
rulers. Second capital of the
8. UE (The area surrounding and or
Khentia
Khentia-mentiu
Onuris (Inheret) the main deity
nome?
including Abydos) Tjeny (Gr. This, Capital of the nome, and of
Thinis, Mod. Onurus? / Anhur? the country, during the first
Girga) two dynasties.
The nome was also known as “The Great Land” The title of the nome was so-called because it was the first area to be settled in a permanent manner. However, the much later
interpretation of the name of the province (The Oldest Land) reflected that it contained the tomb and final resting place of Osiris. The major town (or capital) was Thinis, which
later became the administration area for all of the towns in the district. Abydos served as the necropolis for Thinis, and its inclusion in the nome was attested in the records of
Dynasty 11. Mahasna (Gr. Ptolemais Hermiou) was also included in this province, which was called the Thinites nome in the Greco-Roman era.


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