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Ancient African Civilizations: Kush and Axum

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This book examines two ancient African civilizations, Kush and Axum, which were the most highly developed civilizations south of Egypt, but are often overlooked in modern texts. Stanley Burstein has compiled and edited with commentary the most significant Greek and Roman sources concerning these states. The result is a fascinating book about the people of the southern part of the Nile valley, the gold mines of Nubia, and the Hellenistic city of Meroe, capital of the Ethiopian empire of Kush with its own highly ...
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Overview

This book examines two ancient African civilizations, Kush and Axum, which were the most highly developed civilizations south of Egypt, but are often overlooked in modern texts. Stanley Burstein has compiled and edited with commentary the most significant Greek and Roman sources concerning these states. The result is a fascinating book about the people of the southern part of the Nile valley, the gold mines of Nubia, and the Hellenistic city of Meroe, capital of the Ethiopian empire of Kush with its own highly developed culture (300 BC-300 AD). Axum is best known as one of the oldest capitals of the ancient Ethiopian empire (100-500 AD). The texts in this book describe the Red Sea trade and the rise of Axum, the birth of the Axum Empire, the conversion of Axum to Christianity, and Axumite civilization on the eve of the Middle Ages.
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The Ancient Kingdom of Kush (third century BCE to the fourth century CE, with earlier traces) and Axum (fourth century CE to the seventh century CE)...were reflections of ancient Egypt to the north, but with the collapse of Egypt, Kush flourished and then gave way to Axum. Scholarly interest in these two essentially unknown kingdoms has waxed greatly in the past three decades, with special museum exhibits and permanent installations, as interest in inland Africa has developed with marked significance. Burstein opens the volume with a brief survey of the two kingdoms; with introductions and important notes he then presents the ancient literary and epigraphical testimony for this region...A brief bibliography and photographs aid this significant volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558761483
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Age range: 14 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
I Kush and Its Neighbors 23
The Exploration of Nubia and the Red Sea 25
A Greek Account of the Geography of Nubia 29
The Gold Mines of Lower Nubia 31
A Description of Meroe 35
The History and Customs of the People of Kush 37
The Trogodytes: Nomads of the Nubian Desert 47
The Ostrich Eaters 51
II Kush and Rome 53
First Contact between Rome and Kush: The Triumphal Inscription of Cornelius Gallus 55
Peace between Rome and Kush (20 B.C.E.) 57
Kush in the First Century c.e.: Nero's Aithiopian Expedition 62
A Roman Soldier and his God in Nubia: The Mandulis Hymn of Paccius Maximus 66
Isis of Philae: Mistress of Nubia: The Graffito of Pasan, son of Paese (April 10, 253 C.E.) 69
The Roman Withdrawal from Nubia (298 C.E.) 73
III The Rise of Axum and the Decline of Kush 77
Red Sea Trade and the Emergence of the Kingdom of Axum 79
The Empire of Axum 83
Ezana and the Bega 87
Protection of Axumite Trade 89
The Axumite Gold Trade 91
The Introduction of Christianity to Axum 94
The Destruction of Meroe (ca. 360 C.E.) 97
IV The End of Antiquity 101
The Struggle of Power in Lower Nubia: The Silko Inscription 103
Treaty between the Blemmyes, Nobatai, and Rome (ca. 453 C.E.) 106
The Christianization of Nubia 108
Contract for the Sale of a Nubian Slave Girl (Sixth Century C.E.) 118
Axum in the Sixth Century C.E. 121
Meeting with a King of Axum 125
Letter from the Governor of Egypt to the King of the United Kingdom of Makouria and Nobatia (759 C.E.) 127
Notes 133
Select Bibliography 155
Index 159
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