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1. An ancient town of Asia Minor on the Hellespont in modern-day Turkey. It is the legendary home of Leander, who swam nightly across the strait to his lover Hero.
2. An ancient city of southern Egypt on the Nile River northwest of Thebes. One of the oldest Egyptian cities, it was a religious center for the worship of Osiris and a burial site for the kings of the earliest dynasties.
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1. (Placename) an ancient town in central Egypt: site of many temples and tombs
2. (Placename) an ancient Greek colony on the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles (Hellespont): scene of the legend of Hero and Leander
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(əˈbaɪ dəs)

1. an ancient ruined city in central Egypt, near Thebes: temples and necropolis.
2. an ancient town in NW Asia Minor, at the narrowest part of the Hellespont.
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Noun1.Abydos - an ancient Greek colony on the Asiatic side of the DardanellesAbydos - an ancient Greek colony on the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles; scene of the legend of Hero and Leander
Republic of Turkey, Turkey - a Eurasian republic in Asia Minor and the Balkans; on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, the Young Turks, led by Kemal Ataturk, established a republic in 1923
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And this will always happen in every oligarchy where the magistrates do not elect themselves, but are chosen out of men either of great fortune or certain ranks, by the soldiers or by the people; as was the custom at Abydos. And when the judicial department is not in the hands of the supreme power, the demagogues, favouring the people in their causes, overturn the government; which happened at Heraclea in Pontus: and also when some desire to contract the power of the oligarchy into fewer hands; for those who endeavour to support an equality are obliged to apply to the people for assistance.
They that dwelt about Percote and Practius, with Sestos, Abydos, and Arisbe--these were led by Asius, son of Hyrtacus, a brave commander--Asius, the son of Hyrtacus, whom his powerful dark bay steeds, of the breed that comes from the river Selleis, had brought from Arisbe.
He followed up his first literary success by publishing during the next four years his brief and vigorous metrical romances, most of them Eastern in setting, 'The Giaour' (pronounced by Byron 'Jower'), 'The Bride of Abydos,' 'The Corsair,' 'Lara,' 'The Siege of Corinth,' and 'Parisina.' These were composed not only with remarkable facility but in the utmost haste, sometimes a whole poem in only a few days and sometimes in odds and ends of time snatched from social diversions.
Saya made the suggestion that it should be called Mena House, after the first king referenced in the Tablet of Abydos. A few years later, Mena House was sold to another wealthy couple, Hugh and Ethel Locke-King, Once the couple had settled into their desert house, Ethel decided to create a hotel.
"Among, these places Osiris in the temple of Abydos and the well of Osiris in the pyramids area, as well as the tomb of the ambassador who wrote peace agreement terms with the Hittites during the reign of Ramses II," the Italian presenter explained.
The authors of "Giza's Industrial Complex: Ancient Egypt's Electrical Power and Gas Generating System" propose that ancient Egypt developed and controlled an elaborate power system that was centered around Giza and as far south as Abydos.
File- Abydos Temple CAIRO -- 5 April 2019: Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany along with Sohag Governor Ahmed el Ansary inaugurated developing Abydos archaeological area project in Sohag at a cost of 42 million L.E on Friday, April 5.
The scenes shown were inspired by what Shawky experienced when he visited the village of Al Araba Al Madfuna near the archaeological site of Abydos. The script, by contrast, is drawn from the story "Sunflowers" in the collection Dayrout-al-Shareif (Tales from Dayrut, 1983) by the Egyptian writer Mohamed Mustagab.
The discovery was made 400 meters (440 yards) south of the King Seti I Temple in Abydos city that is close to the more famous Luxor.
It is thought Philae bounced when it first touched the comet and flew for two hours before landing at an area called Abydos on the comet's "smaller lobe".
The nearby city of Abydos is also considered one of the most attractive touristic locations in the country due a number of old relics and historical sites.