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Author: Stephan Johannes Seidlmayer   |   Pages: 607–613



Prior to the construction of the modern corniche at Aswan, a Middle Kingdom rock inscription was visible on a group of rocks protruding from the bay of Aswan into the river. Within the corpus of Aswan rock inscriptions the text is unusual in that it addresses an offering formula to the flood of the Nile and even creates a direct deictic reference to the topographic setting. Some three millennia later, close to this place, a church was erected on a similar group of rocks placing the building into the course of the river and, at least its substructures, within the reach of the flood of the Nile. This constellation invites speculation on possible continuities in the veneration of the flood of the Nile at this site in the bay of Aswan.



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