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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Parts of temple buildings in Egyptian style (click on the images for a larger
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stelae with Greek inscriptions
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Limestone window gratings, some found in situ.
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