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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A former island in the Nile River of southeast Egypt. Site of many ancient temples and monuments, it was particularly noted for its temple dedicated to Isis. Dam construction caused the island to be covered by the waters of Lake Nasser, and in the 1970s and 1980s its structures were moved to another nearby island.

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  • If all goes well, it will wake up in January 2014 and then send down a refrigerator-sized lab called Philae, which will anchor onto the comet's icy crust and carry out tests of its surface.

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  • The probe will go into orbit around the 4km-wide ball of ice and dust and even place a small lander called Philae on its surface.

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  • The probe will go into orbit around the 4km-wide ball of ice and dust and place a small lander called Philae on its surface.

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  • Visited a temple called Philae it had to be moved about 20 years ago as it kept being flodded because of the the Dam, the Egyptian history is absolutely amazing no wonder people study it and become obsessed by it all, note to self will learn more at a later date about it.

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  • Though their competition was usually limited to dirty tricks and subterfuge, the shenanigans occasionally flared into something more pointed, as when pistols were drawn over sacking rights to an obelisk from the island of Philae.

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  • Using maps drawn by one of Napoleon's artist engineers, she's also working on an accurate recreation of temples and buildings on the island of Philae.

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  • The first Aswan Dam was constructed between 1896 and 1897, and the Nile threatened to cover the island of Philae, the mythical birthplace of the god Osris, and its Isis temple.

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  • Also designed by John Russell Pope, this tomb is based on a small Egyptian temple dedicated to the goddess Isis that stood on the island of Philae in southern Egypt.

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  • The temple survived the 1890s damming, but was moved off Philae in the 1960s to escape inundation by the Nasser Dam.

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  • I had spent the night before taking a rickety boat across the dark Nile, under a dusky moon, to the rocky island of Philae, where Isis 'temple loomed eerily under spotlights, images of the powerful goddess etched over and over high on the walls, her eagle wings spread in triumph.

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