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The Nature Of The Beast

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Egyptians had a very rigid ideological system of dividing Egypt from the outside world; Egypt was the ideal whereas the outside world was chaotic (topos) yet there are sources in which the outside world is not shown as inherently bad (mimesis). In the case of the tomb of Rekhmire from the New Kingdom (18th Dynasty) we have several wall paintings showing Egyptians but also people from the Aegean, the Near East and Nubia. Foreigners are clearly distinguished by their style of dress and hair, their skin colour and the gifts they present. Nevertheless the acculturation of Nubians in the Egyptian elite goes far back to at least the early part of the third millenium bc. The Early A-Group, in particular, is predominantly in the northern-most part of Lower Nubia and can be seen as closely associated with its Upper Egyptian counterpart and has even been described as Naqadan in nature.

Keywords: A-Group; ethnicity; Naqada; New Kingdom; Nubia; Upper Egyptian



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