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The Black Pharaohs: Egypt's Nubian Rulers Hardcover – April 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rubicon Press; First Edition first Printing edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948695234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948695230
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Although still a young researcher, Dr Robert Morkot has already led a distinguished academic life. After completing his PhD on 'The Economic and Cultural Exchange between Kush and Egypt', he was Scholar in Sudanese Archaeology and Meroitic at Humbolt-Universitat in Berlin and then Fellow in Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Oxford (1987-1991). Since 1992 he has devoted more time to writing and traveling, although he has continued to lecture part-time at the Universities of Surrey, Exeter, and London. He was one of the authors of the controversial book 'Centuries of Darkness' (1991) and is the author of numerous articles on Egypt and the Aegean world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Oldacre on June 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
Robert Morkot's contribution on Nubia in "Centuries of Darkness" by Peter James prompted me to buy this book. His chapter on the origins of the Kushite kingdom interested me primarily because, quite apart from the chronological controversy, I knew very little about the civilisations of the African kingdoms to the south of Egypt and only a passing familiarity with the pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty of Egypt.

In an introduction to the Notes section of his book, Professor Morkot states that there are still relatively few general accounts of the 25th dynasty and much of the detailed argument and discussion has appeared as articles in academic journals or proceedings of Nubian and Meroitic conferences. He goes on to point out that most books published on Nubia have tended to discuss the 25th Dynasty in the context of monuments in the Sudan and treat the Egyptian monuments and to some extent the events and policies as tangential. This book, then, sets out to address this gap in the record.

The book can be divided into the following sections:
* Chapters I to III review the geography and European rediscovery of Nubia first by wealthy travellers, and then by archaeologists from about the middle of the 19th century onwards. These are important chapters because they clearly lay out the most significant hypotheses put forward by the earlier archaeologists who tended to base their assumptions on preconceived notions of the superiority of the Egyptian kingdoms over those of the their southern neighbours, resulting in misconceptions which influenced the study of the kingdoms of Nubia and Meroe up to fairly recent times.
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By Vernon Harvey on February 12, 2014
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Highly recommended and quite informing, if you're into learning about ancient African civilization, this is definitely the book for you.
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