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Post-Meroitic Lower Nubia Before The Advent Of Christianity

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By the middle of the AD fifth century there were individual conversions in the Lower Nubian elite. The triumph of Christianity was not yet complete, however: after the conversion of the Isis temple the Blemmyan devotees of the goddess continued her worship at Philae for another thirty years or so. This chapter discusses the last decades of Meroitic rule in Lower Nubia and the first century or so of Meroe's Lower Nubian successor state, the &t;Kingdom of the Noubades&t;. The abandonment of Meroe City or the closure of the royal pyramid cemetery at Begarawiya North does not necessarily mean the end of the Meroitic kingdom. In the second half of the fourth century AD tumulus cemeteries with high status burials were opened all over the territory of Meroe. The sources of the first half of the fifth century describe a constant state of conflict in Upper Egypt and Lower Nubia.

Keywords: Blemmyan devotees; Christianity; Isis temple; Meroitic kingdom; Post-Meroitic Lower Nubia; Upper Egypt

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