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Σαΐς). Now Sa-el-Hajjar; a great city of Egypt, in the Delta, on the eastern side of the Canopic branch of the Nile. It was the ancient capital of Lower Egypt, and contained the palace and burial-place of the Pharaohs as well as the tomb of Osiris. The city gave its name to the Saïtes Nomos. Here was the chief seat of the worship of Nit, who had a great temple, where every year a “Feast of Lamps” was celebrated by multitudes from all parts of Egypt. The place was also a famous centre of Egyptian learning, and to it many Greeks resorted for instruction. The story of the mysterious veiled statue at Saïs, of which Schiller has written a ballad, and which is the subject of a romance by Novalis, appears to be only a creation of Greek fancy.

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