Nubian Pharaohs

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Nubian Pharaohs

Postby Beagle » Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:03 pm

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/2008-02/black-pharaohs/draper-text.html

In the year 730 B.C., a man by the name of Piye decided the only way to save Egypt from itself was to invade it. Things would get bloody before the salvation came.

“Harness the best steeds of your stable,” he ordered his commanders. The magnificent civilization that had built the great pyramids had lost its way, torn apart by petty warlords. For two decades Piye had ruled over his own kingdom in Nubia, a swath of Africa located mostly in present-day Sudan. But he considered himself the true ruler of Egypt as well, the rightful heir to the spiritual traditions practiced by pharaohs such as Ramses II and Thutmose III. Since Piye had probably never actually visited Lower Egypt, some did not take his boast seriously. Now Piye would witness the subjugation of decadent Egypt firsthand—“I shall let Lower Egypt taste the taste of my fingers,” he would later write.



A nice 5 page history of the Nubian rule of Egypt. From Arch. News. 8)
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Postby kbs2244 » Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:11 pm

Yes. Looks like some nice history.
I just printed it out to read later.
BTW, With the News Page back, does that mean our leader is back?
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Postby Beagle » Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:15 pm

Yes, check out the "Sad News, Guys" thread.
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Postby Minimalist » Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:26 pm

Egypt had little success after Rameses III. History tells us only of Sheshonq I, who campaigned into Canaan c 925 BC but apparently was unable to restore Egypt's prior hegemony over the region, and, Psammetichus and his son Necho of the 26th Dynasty, who tried c 610 to expand to the north in the wake of the Assyrian withdrawal only to be crushed by the Babylonians at the Battle of Carchemish. Necho is the pharoah who summoned the Judahite king, Josiah, to a meeting where he had him killed.

After that, it was one foreign conqueror after another as Egypt spiralled down until Octavius finally reduced it to provincial status in 30 BC.
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Postby Cognito » Sat Jan 19, 2008 10:42 pm

Necho is the pharoah who summoned the Judahite king, Josiah, to a meeting where he had him killed.

Necho (Nekau) was also the pharaoh who began construction of the first canal from the Nile to the Gulf of Suez and commissioned the Phoenicians to successfully circumnavigate Africa.
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