Ancient Syene. a city in SE Egypt, on the Nile.
a dam near this city, extending across the Nile. 6400 feet (1950 meters) long.
Historical Examples

Elephantine, like Assuan at the present day, was the centre of a flourishing trade.
History Of Egypt, Chalda, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 9 (of 12) G. Maspero

“It could easily have been hired at Assuan,” Biddy exclaimed.
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson

Thus at Assuan the mean maximum is 118 F., the mean minimum 42 F.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1 Various

It was characteristic that no fare was charged above Assuan.
Freeland Theodor Hertzka

Perhaps there is no better place for him in the winter than Assuan.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 5 Various

The 15th was placed at Assuan and Korosko on the line of communications.
The River War Winston S. Churchill

When I journeyed to my estates in Assuan” (I started again) “he was watching—watching—always watching.
Tales of Secret Egypt Sax Rohmer

Modern steamers now plied on the Nile between Cairo and Assuan.
The Accumulation of Capital Rosa Luxemburg

In consequence of the building of the Assuan dam all these temples are submerged for the greater part of the year.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4 Various

It may be that at Assuan, near the first cataract, I really got into some little danger.
Abroad with the Jimmies Lilian Bell

variant spellings of Aswan
an ancient town in SE Egypt, on the Nile, just below the First Cataract. Pop: 249 000 (2005 est) Ancient name Syene


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