The people you’ll meet

Before the Romans Amheida was a kingdom settlement, so you’re more likely to find people of high Egyptian lineage. If you were to go there around the first century you are more likely to find wealthy Roman travelers. This was, after all, one of the largest Roman settlements in Dakhla. There is a school in the area, so some of the people here will be educated. Because this is a wealthy roman, settlement you are likely to find traders and merchants bringing supplies from the Nile River.

Map of Amheida

How will you get there?

If you are traveling from the Mediterranean Sea, your best bet is to travel by water down the Nile River. Get off at a port near Abydos where you will be taking the rest of your journey by land. This would not be an easy trip at this point. Amheida is approximately 150 miles from the Nile River. In modern times you can take the road from Mut to el-Qasr and is about 5k away from the road.

Why would you come here?

From the art that has been found on the walls of some of the structures Roman artists may have traveled to this location. If you are interested in visiting 1rst century temples you might want to check out the Temple of Thoth. If you plan on taking residence in this location there is an Industrial section of this city and a school if you’re interested in education. Not much information was found about the school itself.

What you will see!

In the center of town there is a two storied structure with fifteen rooms. One of the rooms is painted with classical wall scenes of the late 3rd and 4th centuries. The styles of the paintings are not typical of most Egyptian works. On the northern wall to the left of the doorway depicts Perseus rescuing Andromeda from the sea monster. To the right of the door is Odysseus returning to Ithaca.

Temple of Thoth

There is a large cemetery on the southern part of the city which contains two to three thousand burials. Most of these are pit-graves but there are some decorated tombs. The more elaborate tombs have above-ground chapels with vaulted ceilings. Two of the tombs are from the early Roman Period and have white plastered walls with paintings of traditional Egyptian funerary scenes which portray Isis, Nephthys, Osiris and Anubis.


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