Tahpanhes

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Coordinates: 30°51′38″N 32°10′17″E / 30.86056°N 32.17139°E / 30.86056; 32.17139

Tahpanhes
Tahapanes
Tehaphnehes
Daphnae (ancient Greek)
Tell Defenneh
Ancient city
Tahpanhes is located in Egypt
Tahpanhes
Tahpanhes
Location in Egypt
Coordinates: 30°51′38″N 32°10′17″E / 30.86056°N 32.17139°E / 30.86056; 32.17139
Country  Egypt
Time zone EST (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

Tahpanhes (also transliterated Tahapanes or Tehaphnehes; known by the Ancient Greeks as Daphnae, now Tell Defenneh) was a city in Ancient Egypt. It was located on Lake Manzala on the Tanitic branch of the Nile, about 26km (16 miles) from Pelusium. The site is now situated on the Suez Canal.

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According to the Hebrew Bible, the Jews from Jerusalem fled to this place after the death of Gedaliah and settled there for a time (Jeremiah 2:16; 43:7,8,9; 44:1; 46:14; Ezekiel 30:18).

A platform of brick-work, which has been tentatively described as the pavement at the entry of Pharaoh's palace, has been discovered at this place. "Here," says the discoverer, William Flinders Petrie, "the ceremony described by Jeremiah 43:8-10; "brick-kiln" (i.e. pavement of brick) took place before the chiefs of the fugitives assembled on the platform, and here Nebuchadnezzar II spread his royal pavilion".

King Psammetichus (664–610 BC) established a garrison of foreign mercenaries at Daphnae, mostly Carians and Ionian Greeks (Herodotus ii. 154).

After Jerusalem was destroyed in 586 BC, the Jewish fugitives, including Jeremiah, came to Tahpanhes (Jeremiah Chapters 43-44).

When Naucratis was given the monopoly of Greek traffic by Amasis II (570–526 BC), the Greeks were removed from Daphnae and its prosperity never returned; in Herodotus' time the deserted remains of the docks and buildings were visible.

The site was discovered by Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie in 1886; it was then known by natives as the "Castle of the Jew's Daughter".[1] There is a massive fort and enclosure; the chief discovery was a large number of fragments of pottery, which are of great importance for the chronology of vase-painting, since they must belong to the time between Psammetichus and Amasis, i.e. the end of the 7th or the beginning of the 6th century BC. They show the characteristics of Ionian art, but their shapes and other details testify to their local manufacture.

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