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Notes: Ch. 4 sec. 1 Egyptian and Nubian Empires
Nomadic Invaders (Hyksos) Rule Egypt (Second Intermediate Period)
a. period of war / violence descends upon Egypt
i. Succession of weak pharaohs
ii. Power struggles between rival nobles
b. Hyksos take over Egypt 1640 – 1570 B.C.E.
i. Invaders cross Isthumus Suez
1. Use War Chariots / compound bows
a. Previously unknown to Egyptians
ii. Shook Egyptian confidence in protection from dessert barriers
iii. Invaders were Resented by Egyptians Powerless to remove invaders
c. Israelites migrate to Egypt 1650 B.C.E.
i. Descendants of Abraham
ii. Remain in Egypt until maybe 15-1200 B.C.E
1. Enslaved, forced into hard labor
New Kingdom 1570 – 1080 B.C.E
a. Series of warlike rulers begin to take Egypt back
i. Queen Ahhotep
1. Helps to drive out Hyksos
ii. Kamose
1. Won great victory over Hyksos
2. Successors drove them out completely
a. Hyksos pursued across Sinai Peninsula to Canaan
b. Pharaohs build an Empire
i. w/ Chariots and Bronze Weapons  become Conquerors!!
ii. Army of archers, charioteers, infantry and foot soldiers
iii. Capital moved to Thebes
1. Valley of the Kings (royal tombs)
a. Pharaoh = “great house”
2. Great Palaces and splendid temples
c. Hatshepsut
i. Declares herself pharaoh 1472
1. Stepson Thutmose III only a child
ii. Encourages trade rather than War
1. 5 ship Trading exp. To Land of Punt
2. Many riches brought back
a. Myrre, frankincense, gold, ivory, fragrances
d. Thutmose III  Empire Builder
i. Warlike ruler
ii. Murdered Hatshepsut (possibly)
Notes: Ch. 4 sec. 1 Egyptian and Nubian Empires
1. Attempt to hide all monuments to her / cover up
iii. Led Victory invasions
1. East  Syria and Canaan
2. South  into Nubia
iv. Effect  Egypt becomes mighty Empire
1. Controlled all lands around Nile / far beyond
2. Drew boundless wealth from neighboring regions
3. New ideas and material goods gained as contact with others grew
e. Hittites and Egypt
i. Syrian / Canaan conquests  close to Hittites peoples
1. Asia Minor – Anatolia – modern Turkey
2. Battle of Kadesh 1285 B.C.E.
a. Ramses II creates 1st internationally recorded peace treaty
to ever be recorded
i. Lasting alliance between them
Ramses II 1290 – 1224 B.C.E.
i. Great builder of N.Kingdom
ii. Karnak  Added onto monumental temple to Amon Re
1. Amon Re = Egypt’s chief god
iii. Abu Simbel  ordered a temple to be carved in cliffs
1. To be decorated with enormous statues of himself (ear=3ft.)
Decline of Empire
a. Strong civilizations arose to challenge Egypt’s power
b. Ramses dies
c. Mediterranean – wave of invasions
i. “Sea Peoples” created great destruction
1. May have included Phillistines
ii. From East: Tribes of Canaan rebelled often against Egyptian overlords
iii. From West: Libyans raid Egyptian villages
1. Desert no longer a barrier
d. Egypt never recovers previous power
i. Breaks into regional units / small kingdoms / each independent
e. Falls to neighbors’ invasions
Libyans  rule Egypt 950-730 B.C.E.
a. Cross desert into Nile delta
b. Establish independent dynasties – Libyan pharaohs
i. Rule Egypt / Erect cities
c. Adopt Egyptian culture
Kingdom of Kush / region of Nubia
a. South of Egypt
Notes: Ch. 4 sec. 1 Egyptian and Nubian Empires
i. Between 1st cataract and Blue / White Nile division
several Nubian kingdoms act as trade corridors
i. link Egypt to African interior / Red Sea
ii. goods flow between for centuries
iii. Kerma – first Nubian kingdom to emerge 2000 b.c.e.
iv. Emerges as regional power during time of Hyksos
Egypt dominates region between 2000 and 1000 b.c.e.
i. during revival of N. Kingdom – Egyptian rule forced on Kush
1. Armies raid and occupy Kush for brief period (ThutmoseIII)
ii. Napata – Kush capital
1. Becomes center for spread of Egyptian culture to Kush
Kush princes / nobles go to Egypt
i. Learn Egyptian language, religion, customs
Viewed as Guardians of Egyptian values
Piankhi 751- 671 b.c.e.
i. Kushite king
ii. Overthrows Libyan dynasty in Egypt of 200 yrs. in 751 b.c.e.
iii. Unties entire Nile Valley
1. Delta (in north) to Napata (in south)
iv. Erects monument in homeland of Kush
1. “with glad heart, the shores on his either side were jubilating”
Golden Age of Meroe 250 b.c.e. – 150 A.D. (4 centuries)
a. Kushite family moves south after Assyrians conquer
b. Meroe 
i. closer to Red Sea than Napata
ii. becomes active in flourishing trade
1. Africa, Arabia, India
c. Wealth of Kush
i. Natural resources provide wealth for hundreds of years
1. Significant rainfall
2. Abundant supplies of iron ore
ii. Becomes major manufacturing center
1. Iron weapons / tools
iii. Traded mineral wealth from Nile with luxury wealth from India / Arabia
1. Via Red Sea
2. Weapons for cotton, jewelry, lamps, glass
d. Decline of Meroe
i. Aksum kingdom 
1. 400 miles to southeast 
2. better access (seaport even) to Red Sea
3. became dominate in North African trade
4. defeats Meroe 350 A.D.