A city on the southern frontiers of Egypt, towards Ethiopia, between Thebes and the cataracts of the Nile, and now called Assouan. Pliny says it stands in a peninsula on the eastern shore of the Nile; that is was mile in circumference, and had a Rome garrison. "From Migdol," the tower, "unto Syene," denotes the whole length of Egypt from north to south, Eze 29:10; 30:6. Few remains of the ancient city are now extant. In its vicinity are quarries of the Egyptian granite called Syenite, which furnished the material for numerous obelisks and colossal statues.
opening (Eze 29:10; 30:6), a town of Egypt, on the borders of Ethiopia, now called Assouan, on the right bank of the Nile, notable for its quarries of beautiful red granite called "syenite." It was the frontier town of Egypt in the south, as Migdol was in the north-east.
Properly Seveneh or Sebennytus in the eastern delta (the Heracleopolis of Manetho, called from Hercules the "local god"), meaning "a key or opening", a Syene Egyptian town. "From Migdol to Syene," i.e. from the fortress near Pelusium on the N. of Suez to Syene in the far S. toward Ethiopia (Eze 29:10; 30:6); not as KJV "from the tower of Syene." The shepherd kings had Syene for their chief city, from whence they are called Sebennyte Pharaohs.
Town in the south of Egypt, bordering on Ethiopia. Eze 29:10; 30:6. The expression, 'from the tower of Syene,' is better translated 'from Migdol to Syene,' even unto the border of Ethiopia, as it is in the margin. The word is really SEVENEH, as in the R.V. It is now called Assuan, about 24 N, 33 E.
properly Seventh a town of Egypt, on the frontier of Cush or Ethiopia,
represented by the present Aruan or Es-Suan.
SYENE, a city of Egypt, now called Assouan, situated at its southern extremity. Eze 29:10, describing the desolation to be brought upon Egypt, says, "Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will make the land of Egypt utterly desolate, from the tower of Syene even to the border of Cush," or Arabia or, as some read it, "from Migdol to Syene," implying, according to either version of the passage, the whole length of the country from north to south. The latitude of Syene, according to Bruce is 24 0' 45'; that of Alexandria, 31 11' 33"; difference 7 10' 48", equal to four hundred and thirty geographical miles on the meridian, or about five hundred British miles; but the real length of the valley of Egypt, as it follows the windings of the Nile, is full six hundred miles.