Lycopolis (Delta)

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Segin al-Kom
سجين الكوم
Segin al-Kom is located in Egypt
Segin al-Kom
Segin al-Kom
Location in Egypt
Coordinates: 30°54′31.18″N 31°3′19.71″E / 30.9086611°N 31.0554750°E / 30.9086611; 31.0554750Coordinates: 30°54′31.18″N 31°3′19.71″E / 30.9086611°N 31.0554750°E / 30.9086611; 31.0554750
Country Egypt
 • Total25,623
Time zoneUTC+2 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)+3

Segin al-Kom (Arabic: سجين الكوم, from Coptic: *ϣⲉϫⲓⲛ, Ancient Egyptian: Škȝn)[1] is a historical village in the Gharbia Governorate of Egypt.

It was known as Lycopolis or Lykopolis (Greek: Λυκούπολις)[2] in the Antiquity, an ancient town in the Sebennytic nome in Lower Egypt.


From its appellation, the city was apparently founded by a colony of Osirian priests from the town of Lycopolis in Upper Egypt.

The city is mentioned in the inscription on the Rosetta Stone. It was besieged by Ptolemy V during civil strife:

He went to the stronghold of Shekan [which was] fortified by the enemy with every device... he laid siege to the stronghold in question with a wall around its exterior on account of the enemies who were within it who had inflicted great wrong upon Egypt, having abandoned the path of duty to Pharaoh and duty [to the] gods.[3]

The king "seized the stronghold in question by force in a short time" having cut off the water supply to the fortress and taken control of the irrigation canals.[3]

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  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1854–1857). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray. {{cite encyclopedia}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  1. ^ Carsten Peust, Konstanz (2010). Koptische Dialektologie anhand ägyptisch-arabischer Ortsnamen. Göttingen. p. 89.
  2. ^ "TM Places". Retrieved 2023-03-25.
  3. ^ a b Quirke, Stephen; Andrews, Carol (1988). Rosetta Stone Facsimile Drawing With an Introduction and Translation. London: British Museum Publications Ltd. pp. 18–19.