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By László Török

20th century commentaries on Herodotus' passages on Nubia, the historic state of Kush and the Aithiopia of the Greek culture, count totally on an superseded and biased interpretation of the textual and archaeological proof. Disputing either the Nubia photograph of 20th century Egyptology and the Herodotus interpretation of conventional Quellenkritik, the writer lines again the Aithiopian details that was once on hand to Herodotus to a discourse on Kushite kingship created less than the Nubian pharaohs of the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty and preserved within the Ptah sanctuary at Memphis. inadequate for a self-contained Aithiopian emblems, the data obtained through Herodotus enhances and helps money owed of the land, origins, customs and historical past of alternative peoples and bears a relation to the goal of the particular narrative contexts into which the writer of The Histories inserted it.

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He reached Memphis without meeting opposition in Upper Egypt, which seems to reflect the strong support he received from the Divine Adoratrice and the Kushite dignitaries installed by his predecessors in Thebes. The seizure of Memphis and then the defeat of Sais crushed the resistance of some of the Delta dynasts while others withdrew into their fortresses, which apparently had not been attacked by Tanwetamani. 162 On Ashurbanipal’s arrival at the Egyptian border Tanwetamani fled to Thebes. The Delta dynasts hastened to renew their status as Assyrian vassals.

The seizure of Memphis and then the defeat of Sais crushed the resistance of some of the Delta dynasts while others withdrew into their fortresses, which apparently had not been attacked by Tanwetamani. 162 On Ashurbanipal’s arrival at the Egyptian border Tanwetamani fled to Thebes. The Delta dynasts hastened to renew their status as Assyrian vassals. Ashurbanipal’s army pursued Tanwetamani and laid siege to Thebes, from where Tanwetamani withdrew to Kush. 164 Psamtek I of Sais was recognised by the Assyrians as sole king of Egypt.

For Kushites as throne-bearers of the Persian king: Walser 1966 51ff. Kushite tribute-bringers before Xerxes: ibid. , Pls 30, 81, 82. 2286; Dunham 1963 383, figs 212–215. For its dating to around 470bc, as opposed to earlier datings to around 400 bc, see K. de Vries: Attic Pottery in the Achaemenid Empire. -Gy. Szilágyi in Török 1989 118 Cat. 1. L. Kahil: Un nouveau vase plastique du potier Sotades au Musée du Louvre. RA 1972 271–284. For the First Persian Period (525–404bc) in Egypt, see Posener 1936; Kienitz 1953; J.

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