Ancient Toponym of the Week: Krokodilopolis

Known to its inhabitants as Shedet, this settlement was known to Herodotus and other Greeks as Κροκοδείλων πόλις, the "City of Crocodiles" 1. According Smith (via Wikipedia), Krokodilopolis was a center for the cult of Sobek. The Greek practice of naming foreign cities after a totemic animal also produced toponyms such as Kynopolis (dog), Latopolis (fish), and Lykopolis (jackal).


Getzel M. Cohen, The Hellenistic settlements in Syria, the Red Sea Basin, and North Africa, 56: