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Religion And Society In New Kingdom Nubia

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The temples built, extended, and restored in the course of the nearly five hundred years of New Kingdom domination constituted the centres of settlements the existence and development of which largely depended on them. Being determined initially by the settlement pattern found in Nubia by the Eighteenth-Dynasty conqueror, their planned distribution was subsequently a tool of the shaping of Nubias political/economic map as an extension of Egypt. This chapter surveys the temple standing in the Middle Kingdom fortress of Kumma. With the re-conquest the fortress lost its military significance and became a small civil settlement. A new mode of unification of Nubia with Egypt in the realm of theology, religion and cults emerged with the immense building program of Amenhotep IIIs reign. The polarity of Nubias cult topography took shape in the late Eighteenth early Nineteenth Dynasty.

Keywords: Amenhotep III; Egyptian settlement; Kumma; New Kingdom Nubia



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