later LUCINA (El-Kâb) Egypt.
A city, noted by Strabo (17.1.47
), 85 km S of Thebes
on the E bank of the Nile. The Egyptian name of the
city was Nekheb. It was an important religious center, the
capital of the third nome of Upper Egypt and a station
for the gold mines. The patron goddess of the province,
Nekhbet, was identified by the Greeks with their moon
goddess Eileithyia and by the Romans with Lucina. The
site was renamed after the two goddesses in turn. Ptolemy
VII restored the chapel that had been erected by Amenophis III and added a monumental pylon. The small
temple that is hewn in the rock was begun by the same
Ptolemy and completed under Ptolemy X and his successor.
K. Michalowski, L'Art de l'Ancienne