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Koptos in the Roman Period

Under Roman rule Koptos kept its important position as starting point for trading missions going to the Red Sea ports. However, the town had already lost some of its importance in the late Ptolemaic Period, when Qena became the departure point for expeditions to some of the quarries, such as Mons Porphyrites for porphyry. After the Palmyrene rebellion in the third century AD Koptos fell to the Blemmyes and it was destroyed by the emperor Diocletian in AD 292, but shortly after rebuilt.

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UC 32038, Greek ostrakon found at Koptos

Parts of temple buildings in Egyptian style (click on the images for a larger picture and more information)

UC 14528, relief with the name of Nero

stelae with Greek inscriptions
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UC 14764, stela found at Koptos UC 14765 UC 14767 UC 14762

Limestone window gratings, some found in situ.
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