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Ta-Seti (uppermost) at the "White Chapel" in Karnak
Map of all nomoi in Upper Egypt

Ta-Seti (Land of the bow, also Ta Khentit, Borderland) was the first nome (administrative division) of Upper Egypt, one of 42 nomoi in Ancient Egypt.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Ta-Seti also marked the border area towards Nubia.

in hieroglyphs


Every nome was ruled by a nomarch (provincial governor) who answered directly to the pharaoh.[2][3][4][5]

The area of the district was about 2 cha-ta (about 5.5 hectare / 4.8 acres; 1 cha-ta equals roughly 2.75 hectare / 2.4 acres) and about 10,5 iteru (about 112 km / 69,6 miles, 1 iteru equals roughly 10,5 km / 6.2 miles) in length.[7]

The Niwt (main city) was Abu / Elephantine (part of modern Aswan) and among other cities were P'aaleq / Philae (modern Philae), Sunet / Syene (modern Aswan) and Pa-Sebek / Omboi (modern Kom Ombo).[2][3][4][5][6] Every niwt had a Het net (temple) dedicated to the chief deity and a Heqa het (nomarchs residence).[1]
The district's main deity was Horus and among others major deities were Anuket, Arensnuphis, Hathor, Isis, Khnum, Mandulis, Satet and Sobek.[2][3][4][5][6] Today the area is part of the Aswan Governorate.

The Ta-Seti people and their identity is still trying to be deciphered. Today from what is known they are believed to have spoken a Nilo-Saharan language.[8]

Nomarchs of Ta-Seti[edit]

The following is a partial genealogy of the nomarchs of Ta-Seti during the 12th Dynasty. The nomarchs are underlined.[9]

Sarenput I Khema Satethotep♀
Sarenput II Shemai
Heqaib III Amenyseneb


  1. ^ a b [1], Egypt Ancient.net, accessdate=2010-07-14
  2. ^ a b c d [2], Egypt tourist authority, accessdate=2010-07-14
  3. ^ a b c d [3], Anciet Egyptian religion, Philae.net, accessdate=2010-07-14
  4. ^ a b c d [4], Reshafim.org, accessdate=2010-07-14
  5. ^ a b c d [5], Aldokan.com, accessdate=2010-07-14
  6. ^ a b c [6], Digital Egypt for Universities, accessdate=2010-07-14
  7. ^ [7], Faszination Ägypten (in German), accessdate=2010-07-14
  8. ^ Christopher Ehret, The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800, University Press of Virginia, 2002.
  9. ^ "Burial chamber discovered". Ahram Weekly. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  • Helck, Wolfgang; Westendorf, Wolfhart: Lexikon der Ägyptologie. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 1977. ISBN 3-447-01876-3

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