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Saviors from the South?

Aidan Dodson

in Afterglow of Empire

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165313
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617971280 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774165313.003.0006
Saviors from the South?

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Rise of the Nubian kings. Piye and Kushite armies besieged the coalitions of the chief Tefnakhte at Hermopolis; Piye's success there was followed by the taking of Lahun, Meidum, Lisht and Memphis, and he proceeded into the Delta. The Kushite royal succession Assyrian interactions Taharqa son of Piye may have been the first king to build on the sacred island of Isis at Philae; his main building program between the Third and Fourth Cataracts, and a new cemetery at Nuri including its largest pyramid. In 671 bc the Assyrians defeated Taharqa in Egypt at Memphis, and took most of the royal family captive. Taharqa regained power several years later but the Assyrian king Ashur-banipal again took control. Tanutamun succeeded Taharqa.

Keywords: Gebel Barkal; Piye; Nimlot; Tefnakhte; El-Kurru tombs; Taharqa; Shabaka; Sennacherib

Chapter.  9431 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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