Asyut

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Assiut
أسيوط (Arabic)
Assyout city Egypt.jpg
Assiut is located in Egypt
Assiut
Assiut
Location in Egypt
Coordinates: 27°11′N 31°10′E / 27.183°N 31.167°E / 27.183; 31.167
Country  Egypt
Governorate Asyut
Elevation 70 m (230 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 389,307[1]
Time zone EST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) (+20) 88

Asyut[spelling 1] (Arabic: أسيوطAsyūṭ  pronounced [ʔɑsˈjuːtˤ]) is the capital of the modern Asyut Governorate in Egypt; the ancient city of the same name is situated nearby. The modern city is located at 27°11′00″N 31°10′00″E / 27.18333°N 31.16667°E / 27.18333; 31.16667, while the ancient city is located at 27°10′00″N 31°08′00″E / 27.16667°N 31.13333°E / 27.16667; 31.13333.

Etymology[edit]

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Asyut
in hieroglyphs

The name of the city is derived from early Egyptian Zawty (Z3JW.TJ) (late Egyptian, Səyáwt) adopted into the Coptic as Syowt ⲥⲓⲟⲟⲩⲧ. In Graeco-Roman Egypt, it was called Lycopolis or Lykopolis (Greek: Λυκόπολις, "ἡ Λύκων πόλις"),[2] Lycon,[3] or Lyco.[4]

Ancient Asyut[edit]

Ancient Asyut was the capital of the Thirteenth Nome of Upper Egypt (Lycopolites Nome) around 3100 BC. It was located on the western bank of the Nile. The two most prominent gods of the Ancient Egyptian Asyut were Anubis and Wepwawet, both funerary deities.

During the First Intermediate Period, the rulers of "Zawty" (Khety I, Tefibi, and Khety II) were supporters of the Herakleopolitan kings, of whose domain the Nome formed the southern limits. The conflict between this Nome and the southern Nomes under the rule of the Eleventh dynasty ended with the victory of Thebes and the decline of Asyut's importance.

The shield of a king named Recamai, who reigned in Upper Egypt (probably during the "shepherd dynasty" in the "Lower Country"), has been discovered in Asyut.[5] Lycopolis has no remarkable ruins, but in the excavated chambers of the adjacent rocks mummies of wolves have been found, confirming the origin of its name, as well as a tradition preserved by Diodorus Siculus,[6] to the effect that an Ethiopian army, invading Egypt, was repelled beyond the city of Elephantine by packs of wolves. Osiris was worshipped under the symbol of a wolf at Lycopolis. According to a myth, he had come "from the shades" as a wolf to aid Isis and Horus in their combat with Typhon.[7] Other Ancient Egyptian monuments discovered in Asyut include; the Asyut necropolis (west of the modern city), tombs which date to dynasties Nine, Ten and Twelve, and the Ramessid tombs of Siese and Amenhotep.

In Graeco-Roman times, there was a distinct dialect of Coptic spoken in Asyut, known as "Lycopolitan", after the Greek name for the city. Lesser-used names for this dialect are "Sub-Akhmimic" and "Assiutic".

Modern Asyut[edit]

Today, the city of Asyut has almost 400,000 inhabitants.[8] It is the Egyptian city with the highest Coptic Christian concentration. It is also home to the University of Assiut, one of the largest universities in Egypt, to the Assiut Barrage, and to the Lillian Trasher Orphanage.

The Virgin Mary is reported to have appeared in Asyut on 17 August 2000. This apparition is recognized as an official Marian apparition by the Coptic Orthodox Church and remembered in the Deir el-Muharraq, Monastery of the Virgin Mary.[citation needed]

Asyut is the terminus of the Ras Shukheir-Asyut oil pipeline, the terminus of the Cairo-Asyut gas pipeline and the beginning of the proposed Asyut-Qena gas pipeline, the last two being part of the Nile Valley Gas Company Pipeline Project.[9]

Climate[edit]

Köppen-Geiger climate classification system classifies its climate as hot desert (BWh). It is the driest city of Egypt.[10] Luxor, Minya, Qena and Asyut have the widest difference of temperatures between days and nights of any city in Egypt, with almost 16 °C (29 °F) difference. The city of Asyut is sandwiched between two mountain ranges of about 600m height. There is also a lowering in elevation in mid Egypt, from the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. This gives the city and nearby towns and villages the similar properties of a continental climate, meaning that the city has harsh and chilly cold winter weather, and very hot but non-humid summers. During summer the temperature can exceed 42 °C (108 °F). Yet, in winter Asyut gets below 0 °C (32 °F) temperatures during the night and frost can easily form, while hail or snow are rare because of the low average of the city's precipitation and general lack of humidity.

The highest record temperature was 51 °C (124 °F), recorded on July 23, 1994, while the lowest record temperature was −2 °C (28 °F), recorded on January 16, 2008.[11]

Climate data for Asyut
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 33
(91)
38
(100)
44
(111)
46
(115)
48
(118)
48
(118)
51
(124)
48
(118)
44
(111)
44
(111)
39
(102)
41
(106)
51
(124)
Average high °C (°F) 19.3
(66.7)
21.7
(71.1)
25.1
(77.2)
31.4
(88.5)
35.2
(95.4)
37.1
(98.8)
36.5
(97.7)
36
(97)
34.2
(93.6)
30.5
(86.9)
25.1
(77.2)
20.3
(68.5)
29.37
(84.87)
Daily mean °C (°F) 11.7
(53.1)
13.9
(57)
17.4
(63.3)
23.2
(73.8)
27.2
(81)
29.6
(85.3)
29.6
(85.3)
29
(84)
26.9
(80.4)
23.4
(74.1)
17.4
(63.3)
13.3
(55.9)
21.88
(71.38)
Average low °C (°F) 4.7
(40.5)
6.3
(43.3)
9.7
(49.5)
14.5
(58.1)
18.6
(65.5)
21.3
(70.3)
22
(72)
21.7
(71.1)
19.6
(67.3)
16.2
(61.2)
10.7
(51.3)
6.7
(44.1)
14.33
(57.79)
Record low °C (°F) −2
(28)
0
(32)
0
(32)
7
(45)
7
(45)
11
(52)
17
(63)
17
(63)
15
(59)
9
(48)
1
(34)
1
(34)
−2
(28)
Precipitation mm (inches) 0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
Avg. rainy days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 % humidity 52 42 36 28 25 27 32 36 40 42 48 52 38.33
Mean daily sunshine hours 9 9 10 10 11 12 12 12 11 10 9 8 10.3
Source #1: Climate Charts,[12] Weather2Travel for rainy days and sunshine[13]
Source #2: Voodoo Skies for record temperatures[11]

Notable people from Asyut[edit]

Twinnings[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ More often spelled Assiout or Assiut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Ptol. iv. 5. § 63; Steph. B. s. v.; Strabo xvii. p. 813)
  3. ^ (Plin. v. 9. s. 11)
  4. ^ (Itin. Anton. p. 157)
  5. ^ (Rosellini, Mon. Civ. i. 81.)
  6. ^ (ii. 88; comp. Aelian. Hist. An. x. 28)
  7. ^ (Champollion, Descript. de l'Egypte, vol. i. p. 276; Jollois, Egypte, vol. ii. ch. 13.)
  8. ^ Egypt [ City Population: Cities, Towns, Countries & Provinces, Statistics & Maps ]
  9. ^ "North Africa Pipelines map - Crude Oil (petroleum) pipelines - Natural Gas pipelines - Products pipelines". Theodora.com/pipelines. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  10. ^ "Egypt Climate Index". Climate Charts. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Asyut, Egypt". Voodoo Skies. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Asyut, Egypt: Climate, Global Warming, and Daylight Charts and Data". Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Asyut Climate and Weather Averages, Egypt". Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Lycopolis". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Loprieno, Antonio: Ancient Egyptian: A Linguistic Introduction, Oxford U Press 1996. ISBN 0-521-44849-2
  • Baines & Malek Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt, 2000. ISBN 0-8160-4036-2
  • Kahl, Jochem: "Ancient Asyut: The first Synthesis after Three Hundred Years of Research", The Asyut Project vol. I. Wiesbaden 2008. ISBN 978-3-447-05666-3

External links[edit]

  • Asyut travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 27°11′N 31°10′E / 27.183°N 31.167°E / 27.183; 31.167