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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 Dimming Glory

The Dimming Glory

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Monarchs of the Nile

Aidan Dodson

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter looks at the Twenty-sixth Dynasty, during which Egypt had been engaged in interventions in Syria–Palestine in aid of the Assyrians. King Psamtek I is regarded as the founder of the dynasty, and was to all appearances a loyal subject of Assurbanipal, even possessing an alternate Assyrian name, Nabushezibanni. The chapter shows, however, that Psamtek I was not content to be merely a vassal of Assyria, and worked to eventually consolidate his power and become the true pharaoh of a united, independent Egypt. His successors continued Psamtek I's policy on Syria–Palestine, however, which culminated in a revolt during the reign of his great grandson Wahibre, which turned the general Ahmose II into the new pharaoh of Egypt.

Keywords:   Twenty-sixth Dynasty, Twenty-seventh Dynasty, Syria–Palestine, Assyria, Psamtek I, Ahmose II, Assurbanipal

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