Phacusa

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Phacusa was a city in the late Roman province of Augustamnica Prima and a bishopric that was a suffragan of Pelusium, the metropolitan see of that province.

Ptolemy[1] makes it the suffragan of the nomos of Arabia in Lower Egypt; Strabo[2] places Phacusa at the beginning of the canal which empties into the Red Sea; it is described also by Peutinger's Table under the name of Phacussi, and by the Anonymus of Ravenna (130), under Phagusa.

Phacusa is identified widely with the modern Tell-Fakus; Heinrich Brugsch and Navilla[3] place it at Saft, about twelve miles from there.

Bishops[edit]

In the list of the partisan bishops of Meletius present at the Council of Nicæa in 325 may be found Moses of Phacusa;[4] he is the only titular we know of.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ IV, v, 24.
  2. ^ XVII, i, 26.
  3. ^ In "Goshen and the Shrine of Saft el-Henneh" (London, 1885).
  4. ^ Athanasius, "Apologia contra Arian.", 71.

References[edit]

Attribution
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Phacusa". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.  The entry cites:
    • Rougé, Géographie ancienne de la Basse Egypte (Paris, 1891), 137-39.