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TAPOSIRIS PARVA (El-Mandara) Egypt.

A city 17 km NE of Alexandria, where a feast used to be celebrated by Alexandrian youth (Strab. 17.1.16). The site has been identified with the modern suburb of Alexandria called El-Mandara. Because of building activity there little remains of the ancient town. Within walking distance to the S, however, is a reconstructed Roman tetrastyle temple with its four marble columns and Ionic capitals. Marble statues of Isis and Harmanobis have been found, two Canopic jars, and the foot of an oversize figure with the base, on which is the dedication to the goddess by a certain Isidor.


E. Breccia, Alexandrea ad Aegyptum (1922) 335ff; A. De Cosson, Mareotis (1935); A. Adriani, “Sanctuaire de l'Epoque Romaine a Ras El Soda,” Ann. Mus. Gr. Rom. (1935-39) 136-48I; J. B. Ward Perkins, “The Monastery of Taposiris Magna,” Bull. Soc. Roy. d'Archéol. d'Alexandrie 36 (1943-44) 48-33PI; A. Rowe, “A Contribution to the Archaeology of the Western Desert,” Bull. of the John Rylands Library 36 (1953) 128-45; 37 (1954) 484-500; R. Nouweir, “Les fouilles de la Zone d'Abou-Sir,” La Revue du Caire (1955) 66-68.


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