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Ancient African Civilizations : Kush and Axum

Ancient African Civilizations : Kush and Axum - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-1558761483

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Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishers
Published: 1997
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Ancient African Civilizations : Kush and Axum - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-1558761483

Stanley Ed. Burstein

ISBN13: 978-1558761483
ISBN10: 1558761489
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishers

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

''This book examines two ancient African civilizations, Kush and Axum, which were the most highly developed civilizations south of Egypt, but are often overlooked in modern texts.'' ''Stanley Burstein has compiled and edited with commentary the most significant Greek and Roman sources concerning these states. The result is a fascinating book about the people of the southern part of the Nile valley, the gold mines of Nubia, and the Hellenistic city of Meroe, capital of the Ethiopian empire of Kush with its own highly developed culture (300 BC-300 AD).'' ''Axum is best known as one of the oldest capitals of the ancient Ethiopian empire (100-500 AD). The texts in this book describe the Red Sea trade and the rise of Axum, the birth of the Axum Empire, the conversion of Axum to Christianity, and Axumite civilization on the eve of the Middle Ages.''--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Bio

Burstein, Stanley (Ed.) : California State University-Los Angeles

Stanley Burstein, California State University, Los Angeles, is author of Graeco-Africa: Studies in the History of Greek Relations with Egypt and Nubia and other books.

Table of Contents

Introduction

I. Kush and its Neighbors

The Exploration of Nubia and the Red Sea
A Greek Account of the Geography of Nubia
The Gold Mines of Lower Nubia
A Description of Meroë
The History and Customs of the People of Kush
The Trogodytes: Nomads of the Nubian Desert
The Ostrich Eaters

II. Kush and Rome

First Contact between Rome and Kush: The Triumphal Inscription of Cornelius Gallus
Peace between Rome and Kush ( b.c.e.)
Kush in the First Century c.e.: Nero's Aithiopian Expedition
A Roman Soldier and his God in Nubia: The Mandulis Hymn of Paccius Maximus
Isis of Philae: Mistress of Nubia: The Graffito of Pasan, son of Paese (April , c.e.)
The Roman Withdrawal from Nubia ( c.e.)

III. The Rrise of Axum and the Decline of Kush

Red Sea Trade and the Emergence of the Kingdom of Axum
The Empire of Axum
Ezana and the Bega
Protection of Axumite Trade
The Axumite Gold Trade
The Introduction of Christianity to Axum
The Destruction of Meroë (ca. c.e.)

IV.The End of Antiquity

The Struggle of Power in Lower Nubia: The Silko Inscription
Treaty between the Blemmyes, Nobatai, and Rome (ca. c.e.)
The Christianization of Nubia
Contract for the Sale of a Nubian Slave Girl (Sixth Century c.e.)
Axum in the Sixth Century c.e.
Meeting with a King of Axum
Letter from the Governor of Egypt to the King of the United Kingdom of Makouria and Nobatia ( c.e.)

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