El Bahnasa El Minya, Egypt information, tours, prices, booking

El Bahnasa is a modern village which located in El Miny, Egypt. In fact, El Bahnasa was the location for a destroyed site which called Per-Medjed town. In fact, the town was the capital of the 19th Upper Egyptian Nome and called Oxyrhynchus. Little known about the Pharaonic history of the town. In fact, a species of mormyrus fish worshiped there in a local cult. Moreover, the fish was sharp nose fish. Furthermore, the fish and was one of the three species of Nile fish who ate the phallus of Osiris. It was when the god’s body cut into pieces by his brother Seth. There was a dispute which broke out between this town and its neighbor, Cynopolis. In fact, the last one worshiped a dog. Moreover, each community accused of killing and eating each other’s sacred emblems.

El Bahnasa called Oxyrhynchus as mentioned above by the Greeks who named their town after the sacred fish. The  town began to gain an importance during Ptolemaic times. In fact, it was when it became a prosperous regional capital. Moreover, under the Greeks and Romans the town became the third city of Egypt. In fact, Oxyrhynchus was a large and sophisticated town during Roman times. It was with access to the camel-routes between the Nile Valley and the western oases. Though. El Bahnasa housed as many as 6000 people during its prominence. Moreover, a few structures revealed from this period. In fact, the structures included part of a colonnade and a Roman theater. Textural evidence tells us that there was also a gymnasium and public baths.

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Moreover, there were about twenty temples. The site of El Bahnasa visited by Denon and other early travelers. In fact, it was before Petrie digs there for the Egypt Exploration Fund in 1896. Moreover, El Bahansa site quarried for its stone and brick. Yet, it was Arthur Hunt and Bernard Grenfell who made the name of Oxyrhynchus famous. Two archaeologists from Oxford excavated the site for papyri. In 1896 they discovered a large quantity of papyri scrolls. In fact, they were in the town’s rubbish mounds. Moreover, the papyri scrolls rang from the Roman conquest to the early Islamic period. Between 1896 and 1906, El Bahnasa yielded an impressive collection of texts for. In fact, texts written in Greek but also in Latin, Coptic and Arabic.

Literary works included plays and poetry and the known texts of Plato. Fragmentary Christian texts also found, including a collection of Logia, or sayings of Christ. Some which do not appear in the gospels. Other discarded manuscripts found in the rubbish dumps. In fact, they consisted of letters and texts which shed an important light on daily life in Roman Egypt. Details of political, financial and religious concerns revealed in this. In fact, they are one of the largest and most important finds of papyri in Egypt.

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The village of El Bahnasa situated on the west bank of the Nile. Moreover, the village located to the west of the road between Maghagha and Beni Mazar. Furthermore, it is out towards the edge of the cultivation. Today the village occupies part of the Archaeological Sites.

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