Detail of Mehit at Walters Art Museum
Sebennytos or Sebennytus ( Arabic: سمنود, romanized: Samannūd, Coptic: ϫⲉⲙⲛⲟⲩϯ ,  Greek: Σεβέννυτος, or  ἡ Σεβεννυτικὴ πόλις,  Egyptian: ṯb-(n)-nṯr, probably pronounced * /ˌcabˈnaːcar/ in Old Egyptian, * /ˌcəbˈnuːtə/ or * /ˌcəbənˈnuːtə/ in Late Egyptian ), was an ancient city of  Lower Egypt, located on the Damietta (Sebennytic) branch of the Nile in the Delta. Sebennytos was the capital of Lower Egypt's twelfth nome (the Sebennyte nome). Sebennytos was also the seat of the Thirtieth Dynasty of Egypt (380-343 BCE).  
Sebennytos lies nearly due east of
Sais on the 31st parallel north. Nearby during the Thirtieth Dynasty, on the same banks of this branch of the Nile, was Behbeit El Hagar.
Sebennytos was from ancient times a place of some importance, and standing on a peninsula, between a lake (
λίμνη Σεβεννυτική, Lake Burullus) and the Nile, was favorably situated for trade and intercourse with Lower Egypt and Memphis. The neglect of the canals, however, and the elevation of the alluvial soil have nearly obliterated its site.
Sebennytos is perhaps best known as the hometown of
Manetho, a historian and chronicler from the Ptolemaic era, c. 3rd century BC. Sebennytos was also the hometown of Nectanebo II, and he was its last ruler.
temple dedicated to the local god Anhur, or Anhur- Shu, and his lioness goddess mate Mehit, once existed at this location but is now reduced to ruins. A fragment to where kings would have made offerings to Onuris and his wife, is on display at the Walters Art Museum.
John Gardner Wilkinson described it as a place of some size, with the usual bazaars of the large towns of Egypt, and famous for its pottery, which are sent to Cairo.
Sebennytos is also known as part of the route of the
Holy Family during the fictitious  flight into Egypt ( Matthew 2:13– 23).
Ptolemy iv. 5. § 50, Stephanus of Byzantium
Strabo xvii. p. 802
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