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Introduction. The Nubian Scene

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The Utopian image of Aithiopia as well as the Nubia-image of the "nationalistic" tradition may well have been in harmony with the Meroites' own view of Nubian identity: an identity to which the memory of the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty's rule over Egypt was central. That it was indeed so is also hinted at by the titles of Arqamani, a late third-early second century BC Meroitic ruler. During the period of the Upper Egyptian revolt Lower Nubia was conquered by Meroe as far north as Philae. The two decades of Meroitic supremacy witnessed significant building activity in northern Lower Nubia. After its collapse in the AD fourth century, the kingdom of Meroe faded into oblivion. While its medieval successor kingdoms were not completely isolated from Eastern Christianity, the Middle Nile Region remained mostly inaccessible for foreigners and those who visited the region were not interested in its past.

Keywords: Eastern Christianity; Egypt; Meroe; Nubian identity



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