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DODECASCHOENUS

DODECASCHOENUS (Δωδεκάσχοινος), district between Egypt and Aethiopia, which derived its name from its comprising xii σχοῖνοι or 120 stadia == 18 geographical miles of land. (Ptol. 4.5.74; Hdt. 2.29.) The northern frontier of this region was at Philae, and the southern at Pscelcis (Dakkeh), the furthest point at which any monumental vestiges of Macedonian, or Roman dominion have been found. Under the later emperors, indeed, the province of Dodecaschoenus extended to Hiera-Sycaminos, in lat. 22° N. In the Roman era Dodecaschoenus was attached to the prefecture of Upper Egypt. The principal cities of Dodecaschoenus have been enumerated under AEGYPTUS

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