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Aidan Dodson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167164

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167164.001.0001

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The Other Egypt

The Other Egypt

(p.159) 16 The Other Egypt
Monarchs of the Nile

Aidan Dodson

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the Kushite rulers of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty. Control of the resources of Nubia, stretching from Aswan to deep into modern Sudan, had been a key Egyptian foreign policy objective since Early Dynastic times. Nubia had been under direct Egyptian rule for half a millennium by the end of the New Kingdom, and apart from a handful of royal items, no names are known of Kushite rulers until the appearance of a king named Alara early in the eighth century. Nothing is known of Alara himself, but his successor Kashta is a more rounded personality, and the immediate ancestor of what was to become the Egyptian Twenty-fifth Dynasty. Kashta was succeeded by Piye—whose reign and that of his son Taharqa is discussed in more depth in this chapter.

Keywords:   Kush, Kushite rulers, Nubia, Twenty-fifth Dynasty, Kashta, Piye, Taharqa

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