.Ancient Sources

Sinai and Egypt


147. Sais - (Saal-Hajar)

ORIGINAL TEXTS


Sais civitas Aegypti, cuius meminit lezechiel. a qua et Saites pagus.
(Jerome 163,20)


ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Eusebius, Onomasticon 162:17 (ca. 295 A.D.); Jerome 163,20 (ca. 390 A.D.)
Sais (Ezechiel 30:15 LXX), a city of Egypt mentioned by Ezechiel, after which is named the borough of Saites.

BIBLICAL BACKGROUND

Ezek 30:12-15 Oracle against Egypt
I will dry up the channels, and will sell the land into the hand of evildoers; I will bring desolation upon the land and everything in it by the hand of foreigners; I the Lord have spoken. Thus says the Lord GOD: I will destroy the idols and put an end to the images in Memphis; there shall no longer be a prince in the land of Egypt; so I will put fear in the land of Egypt. I will make Pathros a desolation, and will set fire to Zoan [=Tanis?], and will execute acts of judgment on Thebes. I will pour my wrath upon Pelusium, [LXX Sais] the stronghold of Egypt, and cut off the hordes of Thebes.

BYZANTINE ADMINISTRATIVE LISTS

Hierocles, Synecdemos 723:6-726:2 (7th cent. A.D.)
Province of Egypt, 23 cities under an Augustalis: Alexandria, Ermopolis, Menelaites, Metelis, Bouto, Kabasa, Sais, Naukratis, Andron, Nikiu, Xois, Phragonis, Pachnenunis,Diospolis, Sebennutos, Onuphis, Taua, Cleopatris, Kuno, Busiris, Oasis, Elearchia, Paralos.

Georgius Cyprius, 708-729 (7th cent. A.D.)
Province of Aegyptus Prima: Alexandria, Ermoupolis, Metelis, Costos, village of Psanis, village of Coprithis, Sais, Leontopolis, Naucratis, Andron, Nikiu, Zenonopolis, Paphna, Onouphis, Taua, Cleopatris, Mareotis, Menelaites, Skedia, Terenoutis, Sondra.



EPISCOPAL CITY

Bishops' list
Nemesion (A.D. 347)
Paphnutius (A.D. 347, 362)
Adelphius (A.D. 431)
Jacob, monophysit (A.D. 477/89)
Basilius, coptic (A.D. 626/65)
Michael / Chail, coptic (A.D. 831)
Anba Shanoudeh, coptic (A.D. 831/49)
Gabriel, coptic (A.D. 1004/32)
Macarius / Makarah, coptic (A.D. 1086)


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