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Amasis

Alan Brian Lloyd

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics


Published online December 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199381135 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.340

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Became pharaoh (see egypt, pre-ptolemaic; saites) in 570 bce as champion of the native Egyptians against *Apries. Though initially restricting Greek activities (e.g. channelling all trade through *Naucratis), he rapidly came to a rapprochement with the Greek world, allying himself with *Lydia, *Samos, *Cyrene, and perhaps *Sparta, and making gifts to major Greek shrines. This stance was dictated by the rise of *Persia, which overthrew Egypt in 525, shortly after Amasis' death. His long reign was recalled as a time of peace and prosperity attested by numerous great buildings (now largely lost), and Amasis himself was remembered as a great but unconventional and sometimes undignified figure.

Article.  200 words. 

Subjects: Middle Eastern History

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