The Sinai Desert and Egypt
Sethroïtes (= Heracleopolis parva). The city of Heracleopolis parva was later referred to by the name of the district Sethrois in which it was situated. It is identical with Tall Balim (also called Tall as-Sarig). It was a bishop's see since the 4th century. Christian authors tell of a monastery near (but not in) Heracleopolis. The somewhat strange representation looks like a single red-roofed church, erected on the top of a hill, with an annex and no less than three gate entrances. The rectangular object on the left side remains unexplained.
Herbert Donner, The Mosaic Map of Madaba, Kampen 1992, p. 84.
See also the article: "The Representation of Lower Egypt", by Herbert Donner
A. Calderini, Dizionario dei nomi geografici e topografici dell'Egitto Greco-Romano, Cairo-Madrid-Milano 1935-1987, s.v. "Sethroites", 253.
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