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Five ushabti of Ankh-hapi, high priest in Memphis and Letopolis for the worship of Ptah, Osiris-Apis and the divinized pharaoh Snefru of the 4th dynasty. See here for more about him. Faience, from his tomb in Saqqara, Ptolemaic dynasty. Archeological Museum of Bologna (Italy), Palagi coll., EG 2192-95, 2198.

Letopolis (Greek: Λητοῦς Πόλις) was an ancient Egyptian city, the capital of the second nome of Lower Egypt. Its Egyptian name was Khem (Ḫm),[1] and the modern site of its remains is known as Ausim.[2] The city was a center of worship of the deity Khenty-irty or Khenty-khem, a form of the god Horus. The site and its deity are mentioned in texts from as far back as the Old Kingdom (c. 2686–2181 BC), and a temple to the god probably stood there very early in Egyptian history. The only known monuments at the site, however, date to the reigns of pharaohs from the Late Period (664–332 BC): Necho II, Psamtik II, Hakor, and Nectanebo I.[3]


  1. ^ Miriam Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature Vol. III: The Late Period, Berkeley 1980, p.84
  2. ^ Trismegistos Geo, Letopolis
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Richard H. (2000). The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. p. 111

Coordinates: 30°07′N 31°08′E / 30.117°N 31.133°E / 30.117; 31.133