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Kingdom of Kush: The Napatan and Meroitic Empires Hardcover – April, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press; 1St Edition edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071410986X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714109862
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,735,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a reliable, up-to-date guide....Welsby's book presents the archaeological evidence extensively in illustrations and plates. Welsby's early and concluding chapters (1-3, 9) trace the rise, greatness, and "fall" of the Kushite kingdom in great detail and with frequent reference to points of scholarly disagreement. The book's middle chapters (5-8) treat a variety of topics: "Religion and Funerary Ritual", "Architecture", "Urban and Rural Settlement", "The Economy", and "The Arts and the Art of Writing". They rely heavily on architectural remains and plans and on artefacts excavated in temples, palaces, towns, and cemeteries.Kushite pyramids and tombs (and their grave goods), inscribed stelae, statues, reliefs, skeletons, and pots [and] such objects of daily life as clothing, musical instruments, toys, and cosmetics.

[Welsby's] aim...is to "provide a balanced account of the history of the Kingdom of Kush and the lifestyle of its inhabitants throughout its thousand-ye! ar history". In this The Kingdom of Kush admirably succeeds....it is hard not to agree with the author that "[s]tudying the Kingdom of Kush is like a detective story" full of "intriguing problems"... -- Classical Bulletin 75, no. 2 - 1999 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful and captivating book. It differs completely from other books about the black Pharaohs, which are often ideological and controversial. This book provides proof, with photos from archeological sites. It informs us about life in the cities and in the countryside and about ancient black religions. Kush was not Egypt, but it ruled Egypt for a period of time. The book is also affordable, which I greatly appreciated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry N. Stout on November 15, 2012
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I'll give this book 4 stars to counterbalance the castigations of other reviewers, which to me seem excessive. If you know little or nothing about the southern neighbors of the ancient Egyptians, who even briefly ruled in Egypt when the pharaohs were finally losing their grip for the last time, this book will provide you with a very good idea of who these people were. I have read it, and I recommend it.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 1999
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This is a beautiful and captivating book. It differs completely from other books about the black Pharaohs, which are often ideological and controversial. This book provides proof, with photos from archeological sites. It informs us about life in the cities and in the countryside and about ancient black religions. Kush was not Egypt, but it ruled Egypt for a period of time. The book is also affordable, which I greatly appreciated.
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