Our great grandfathers called it Ta-Seti, Land of the Bow. They were referring to the area south of the First Cataract at Aswan, and the reason behind the name was the unparalleled skill its inhabitants demonstrated when using the bow as a method of arm. Those excellent bowmen were actually the Kushites.At first, Egyptians, as back as the First Dynasty, would send expeditions to the area in pursuit of slaves as well as the exploration of new sites where copper and gold could be mined. Egyptian influence grew and by the Middle Kingdom, a series of strongholds and fortresses controlled the Nile at theSecond Cataract.
Their influence over the area grew further through the New Kingdom; Pharaoh Tuthmoses III marched as far south as the Fifth Cataract. But change is a question of time, and by the end of the New Kingdom, Kush began to rise.Historians have universally agreed that King Alara unified Upper Nubia around 780 BC, declaring Napata (near Jabal Barrkal, Karima, North Sudan) the capital. The job was completed by his successor King Kashata when Lower Nubia joined the crown. Nubia had been united and Kashata claimed for himself the title Pharaoh. But that was not the end of it; following suit was Pharaoh Piye, better known in history as Pharaoh Piankhy, conqueror of Thebes and founder of Egypt's 25th Dynasty, the dynasty of the Black Pharaohs.
a little less than 100 years, the 25th Dynasty had five Pharaohs
claiming the throne, themost famous being Pharaoh Taharqa. Leaving
numerous monuments both in Egypt and Sudan, one of his most famous
deeds was the restoration and building efforts in Karnak Temple, notes
the First Court of Amun. Being the heroic war veteran he was, the
Kushite Kingdom expanded as far as the borders of Libya and Palestine.
Unfortunately for him, the Assyrians were rising exponentially and in
no time they stormed Egypt, forcing Taharqa to flee Thebes and seek
shelter in Napata.
The period that followed
was draped in a shroud of mystery, up until the third century BC when
King Arkamani moved the capital from Napata further south to Meroe
(midway between Khartoum and Atbara). History has taught us that behind
each move there is a story and this one is no different. Kushite holy
priests used to hold unlimited power, to the extent that they were
authoritative enough to declare,through......
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