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The Black Pharaohs: Egypt's Nubian Rulers
In the 9th century BC, a powerful kingdom arose in northern Sudan (Kush). Conquering Egypt, its kings ruled the Nile Valley, from the Mediterranean as far as Khartoum, for half a century. This was a period of dramatic historical events, dominated by the expansion of the Assyrian Empire into Syria and Palestine. The Nubians supported the kings of Israel against Assyria, but ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Rubicon Press
(first published December 1st 1999)
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Excellent stuff. Debunks the old idea that the Nubian Pharaohs must have been culturally inferior to the indigenous Egyptian dynasties - an idea based entirely on nineteenth century racist assumptions. Weirdly, there is also another equally odd theory out there that ALL the Egyptians were really black...based on an equally racist assumption by black supremacists that only black Africans were capable of cultural greatness. The truth is that the Nubian Pharaohs were every bit as culturally advance ...more
This is a seminal work and kind of cornerstone read if one is looking at Kush/Nubia. I would strongly recommend it to anyone researching that period and place. Having said that, it seemed a bit disjointed, in that there seemed to be a lot of diversions and an assumption of knowledge that could leave me confused. I read this book over a very long period, in between academic courses, and that may have affected how I perceived it.