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Nome of Egypt
Nekhen
"Shrine"
UEN3
Region Upper Egypt
Capital Hierakonpolis
Other sites Eileithyiaspolis, Latopolis, Asphynis,
Contra-Latopolis, Phnoum, Touphion,
el-Mualla
Main deities Horus (Nekheni)
Nekhbet

Nekhen ("Shrine") was the third nome of Upper Egypt. The capital city of Nekhen until the New Kingdom was the city of the same name, better known under its Greek name Hierakonpolis. During the New Kingdom, Eileithyiaspolis became the capital instead,[1] but it in turn lost this function to Latopolis sometime after the New Kingdom.[2] For this reason the nome was called Latopolites during the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.

The nome is already mentioned in inscriptions of the Old Kingdom.[3]

Nomarchs[]

The following nomarchs of Nekhen are known:

Eighteenth Dynasty[]

  • Paheri

References[]

  1. Baines & Malek 1980, p. 78.
  2. Baines & Malek 1980, p. 80.
  3. Gomaa 1986, p. 51-88.

Bibliography[]

  • Baines, J./Malek, J., 1980: Atlas of Ancient Egypt. Equinox (Oxford), Ltd.
  • Gomaa, F., 1986: Die Besiedlung Ägyptens während des Mittleren Reiches. Vol. 1. Oberägypten und das Fayyum, Reichert, Wiesbaden.
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