Crocodilopolis

Crocodilopolis

Faiyum or Al-Fayoum, also known as Crocodilopolis, Arsinoe, is a city in Middle Egypt. In the Pharaonic era, the city now called Medinet el Fayum was called Shedet. In consequence, the Greeks named it Crocodilopolis, "Crocodile City", from the particular reverence paid by its inhabitants to crocodiles. Under the Ptolemies, the city was for a while called Ptolemais Euergetis and then Arsinoe. Under the Roman Empire it was called Arsinoe in Arcadia.

Site Information

Country: Egypt

District: Faiyum Governorate

Category: Historic Cities and Regions

Site History: First Millennium BC

Oldest Culture: Ancient Egyptians

Later Cultures: Ptolemaic + Roman

Site Features: Mixed Monuments


UNESCO Tentative List

Part of: El Fayoum

Date of Submission: 1994

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