Lower Egypt is the northern-most section of
Egypt. It refers to the fertile Nile Deltaregion, which stretches from the area between El-Aiyatand Zawyet Dahshur, south of modern-day Cairo, and the Mediterranean Sea.
Today there are two principal channels that the Nile takes through the
river's delta: one in the west at Rashidand one in the east at Damietta. In ancient times, Pliny the Elder(N.H. 5.11) said that upon reaching the delta the Nile split into seven branches (from east to west): the Pelusiac, the Tanitic, the Mendesian, the Phatnitic, the Sebennytic, the Bolbitine, and the Canopic. Today the delta region is well watered, crisscrossed by channels and canals.
Lower Egypt was known as "Ta-Mehu" which means "land of
papyrus." It was divided into twenty districts called nomes, the first of which was at el-Lisht. Because Lower Egypt was mostly undeveloped scrubland, undeveloped for human life and filled with all types of plant life such as grasses and herbs, the organization of the nomes underwent several changes.
The climate in Lower Egypt is milder than that of
Upper Egyptowing primarily to its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. Temperatures are less extreme and rainfall is more abundant.
The capital of Lower Egypt was
Buto. Its patron goddess was the cobra goddess Wadjet. Lower Egypt was represented by the Low Red Crown " Deshret", and its symbol was the papyrus.
Upper and Lower Egypt
*Nomes of Egypt
Geography of Egypt
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