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The Nomes of Ancient Egypt
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Hebenu (Mod. Temple of Horus? The temple to Horus has not
Kom el-Ahmar[1]) Temple of Pakhet yet been located. Capital of the nome.
Gazelle (mAHD) (Ma-Hedj)
Pakhet
16. UE (From Beni Hasan to the or
Khnum
Horus of Hebenu Horus Her-wer? (see 15
Deity mentioned in the Beni
UE) Khnum Hasan tomb inscriptions, for north of el-Minya?) Sobek this district. Unlocated city?
Amun Tadehnet (Gr.
Akoris, Mod.Tihna Temple of Amun [Tuna] el-Gebel) and Sobek Dated to the Roman period
This nome, (generally known as the “Oryx” nome), is attested from the time of Netjerikhet (Djoser), during which time the town of Beni Hasan was the major centre. However,
the main centre moved to Hebenu by the time of Amenemhet I. Speos Artemidos30 was also included in this nome (Temple of Pakhet dated to the reign of Hatshepsut). The
nome sign was portrayed on a standard. It has been suggested that Menat-Khufu (Mod. el-Minya) was once part of this administrative area.



Heniu (Gr. Saka, This temple has not yet been
Mod. el-Qes) Temple of Bata
31 located, but the town was
known by Dynasty 18
17. UE Anubis (inpw) (The vicinity of ?) or Anubis of Henu Anubis Bata?
Hardai (Gr. This temple has not yet been
Cynopolis) Temple of Anubis located, but the town was
known by Dynasty 20
Often called the “Jackal” nome, it is more correctly called the Anubis nome. The sign is portrayed as a canid on a standard, although this has also thought to have been inpwt “a
young female hound”.32 The standard is portrayed on a triad of Menkaure and the nome sign has been known since early dynastic times. In the New Kingdom, the centre was
named as Hardai (on the eastern bank of the Nile, location unknown). In Ptolemaic times the administrative centre moved to the opposite side of the Nile (the western bank) to
Saka. During the Hellenic era, this province was known as the Kynopolites nome.



30 “Cave of Artemis”
31 Bata was a herdsman-god
32 Helck [1977], p. 391
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