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CROCODILO´POLIS (Κροκοδείλων πόλις, Ptol. 4.5.65: Eth. Κροκοδειλοπολίτης), the name of several cities in Egypt, derived from the local worship of the crocodile.


Arsinoe in the Heptanomis, and the Arsinoite nome of the Ptolemaic era, were, under the Pharaohs, called respectively Crocodilopolis and the Crocodilopolite nome. (Steph. B. sub voce The crocodile was here domesticated and worshipped. It fed from the hands of the priests of Arsinoe. [ARSINOE]. (Aelian, H. An. 10.24; Plin. Nat. 5.9, 11, 36.16.)


A town in the Aphroditopolite nome of the Thebaid, on the western bank of the Nile, lat. 25° 6′ N., of which ruins are still visible at Embeshanda, on the verge of the Libyan desert. [W.B.D] [p. 1.709]

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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 5.11
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 36.16
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 5.9
    • Claudius Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, 4.5
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