Sybennytos lies nearly due east of Sais, in latitude 31° North. Sebennytos was anciently a place of some importance, and standing on a peninsula, between a lake (λίμνη Σεβεννυτική, now called Burlos) and the Nile, was favourably seated 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. (Champollion, l'Egypte, vol. ii. p. 191, seq.).
Sebennytos is perhaps best known as the origin of Manetho, a historian and chronicler from the Ptolemaic era, circa 3rd century BC. Sebennytos was also the hometown Nectanebo II, Egypt's last native ruler.