The Sinai Desert and Egypt

145. Thenessus - (Tell Tennis)

Thennesos. A commercial town and a seaport, identical with Tall (also Kom)Tinnis, situated upon a small island in the Birkat (or Bahr) Manzala, often mentioned in Greek and Arab sources. It was a bishop's see since the 5th century. The representation is almost completely lost. Is the rhombus above the inscription a hint of the lagoon region in which the city was situated? Or an indication of the 'field of Zoan' in Ps. 78:12 (see Tanis)?

Herbert Donner, The Mosaic Map of Madaba, Kampen 1992, p. 84-85.

See also the article: "The Representation of Lower Egypt", by Herbert Donner

A. Calderini, Dizionario dei nomi geografici e topografici dell'Egitto Greco-Romano, Cairo-Madrid-Milano 1935-1987, s.v. "Thenessos", 259.

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