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ARTICLE: Luxor – Ancient Egyptian capital

A red granite obelisk and two seated statues of Ramesses II guard the entrance to the Luxor Temple (Source: LiveScience).

A red granite obelisk and two seated statues of Ramesses II guard the entrance to the Luxor Temple (Source: LiveScience).

Luxor is a modern-day Egyptian city that lies atop an ancient city that the Greeks named “Thebes” and the ancient Egyptians called “Waset.”

Located in the Nile River about 312 miles (500 kilometers) south of Cairo the World Gazetteer website reports that, as of the 2006 census, Luxor and its environs had a population of more than 450,000 people. The name Luxor “derives from the Arabic al-uksur, ‘the fortifications,’ which in turn was adapted from the Latin castrum,” which refers to a Roman fort built in the area, writes William Murnane in the “Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt” (Oxford University Press, 2001).

The ancient city of Luxor served at times as Egypt’s capital and became one of its largest urban centers. “On the East Bank, beneath the modern city of Luxor, lie the remains of an ancient town that from about 1500 to 1000 B.C. was one of the most spectacular in Egypt, with a population of perhaps 50,000,” write archaeologists Kent Weeks and Nigel Hetherington in their book “The Valley of the Kings Site Management Masterplan” (Theban Mapping Project, 2006)” – via LiveScience.

You can read Owen Jarus’ full article on Luxor here.

 

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One comment on “ARTICLE: Luxor – Ancient Egyptian capital

  1. I was enthralled with Luxor Gemma as you know I would like to visit Egypt again to see The Valley of the Nobles.

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