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Syene:

see AswanAswan
or Assuan
, city (1986 pop. 190,579), capital of Aswan governorate, S Egypt, on the Nile River at the First Cataract. It is one of the driest cities in the world.
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Despues, ese Vidranga, el malvado, envio una carta a Nafaina, su hijo, que era el comandante de las tropas de la fortaleza de Syene, diciendo: <<Permiteles demoler el templo del Dios YHW, que esta en la fortaleza de Elefantina>>.
By the summer of 410, Vidranga, the longtime garrison commander of Syene, had been promoted to the rank of frataraka 'governor' (A4.5:4, A4.7:5//A4.8:5).
Five-thousand stadia separated Eratosthenes's pil-lar from the well of Syene, and the librarian's calculations established the circumference of the earth at 250,000 stadia.
Syene as 'face of battle': Heliodorus and late antique historiography.
(9) The main protagonists, the young couple Theagenes and Charicleia, are marginalized, and the narrative in the first half of the book is devoted to a lengthy description of the siege of the Egyptian city of Syene, in which the Persian satrap Oroondates takes refuge with his army and which he subsequently defends against the forces of the Ethiopian King Hydaspes.
When Eratosthenes of Alexandria stood in the noonday sun at Syene, near the Tropic of Cancer, on the day of the summer solstice in 240 BC and (so the pared-down version of the story goes) observed no shadow, he made one of the world's great scientific conclusions.
As the basis, he assumed the angular difference in the angles under which the sun rays fall on the Earth's surface in Alexandria and Syene and he accepted an idealizing assumption that the sun rays falling on different spots of the Earth's surface (their latitude notwithstanding) were perfectly parallel to each other.
The best screenplay award was given to the Tunisian film Syene Sheta by director Ibrahim Al Latif.
(55) For Pliny, Patala was remarkable for being, like Syene in Egypt (Aswan), under the tropic.
Eratosthenes happened to read in an astronomical journal that on June 21 at noon in the city of Syene shadows disappeared; the sun, thus, was directly overhead.
Copying quotes from the Bible, Gordon lingers over the descriptions of "Egypt being waste for forty years from the tower of Syene (Assouan) to the frontier of Ethiopia," adding, "It is certainly the Soudan which is meant, and it is in a fair way of being a desert" (Gordon, 10-11).