Acanthus (Egypt)

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Landscape around Acanthus.

Acanthus (Greek: Ἄκανθος; in Ptolemy, Ἀκανθῶν Πόλις) was an ancient city of Egypt, on the western bank of the Nile, 120 stadia south of Memphis.[1] [2] [3] [4] Its site is located at the modern village of Dashour. The town was in the Memphite Nome, and, therefore, in the Heptanomis. It was celebrated for a temple of Osiris, and received its name from a sacred enclosure composed of the acanthus plants.


  1. ^ Strabo p. 809
  2. ^ Diod. i. 97
  3. ^ Steph. B. s. v.
  4. ^ Ptol. iv. 5. § 55.
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Acanthus". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.

Coordinates: 29°48′N 31°14′E / 29.80°N 31.24°E / 29.80; 31.24