Aswan



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

Clashes also broke out in Alexandria, Aswan, Luxor, and Assiut.
Egypt’s New Wave of Violence Ursula Lindsey October 9, 2011

She also wrote Divieto di Soggiorno [Rejected], and The Bride of Aswan, which won the International Fenice Europe Prize.
See Who’s Coming to Women in the World 2013: Speakers & Participants March 5, 2013

Historical Examples

There is no railway between Aswan and Halfa, all traffic being conducted on the river.
The Treasury of Ancient Egypt Arthur E. P. B. Weigall

The Nile here has not the wild and imposing aspect which it assumes lower down, between Aswan and Philae.
History Of Egypt, Chalda, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 2 (of 12) G. Maspero

The dam has been constructed of granite ashlar taken from quarries near Aswan.
History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12) S. Rappoport

Presently a forest of palm trees, the last on that side, announces Aswan and Nubia.
History Of Egypt, Chalda, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12) G. Maspero

Landing in Africa in 1786, he went up the Nile as far as Aswan.
History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12) S. Rappoport

noun
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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