From Slave to Pharaoh: The Black Experience of Ancient Egypt

JHU Press, 6 sep. 2006 - 232 páginas

In From Slave to Pharaoh, noted Egyptologist Donald B. Redford examines over two millennia of complex social and cultural interactions between Egypt and the Nubian and Sudanese civilizations that lay to the south of Egypt. These interactions resulted in the expulsion of the black Kushite pharaohs of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty in 671 B.C. by an invading Assyrian army.

Redford traces the development of Egyptian perceptions of race as their dominance over the darker-skinned peoples of Nubia and the Sudan grew, exploring the cultural construction of spatial and spiritual boundaries between Egypt and other African peoples. Redford focuses on the role of racial identity in the formulation of imperial power in Egypt and the legitimization of its sphere of influence, and he highlights the dichotomy between the Egyptians' treatment of the black Africans it deemed enemies and of those living within Egyptian society. He also describes the range of responses -- from resistance to assimilation -- of subjugated Nubians and Sudanese to their loss of self-determination. Indeed, by the time of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty, the culture of the Kushite kings who conquered Egypt in the late eighth century B.C. was thoroughly Egyptian itself.

Moving beyond recent debates between Afrocentrists and their critics over the racial characteristics of Egyptian civilization, From Slave to Pharaoh reveals the true complexity of race, identity, and power in Egypt as documented through surviving texts and artifacts, while at the same time providing a compelling account of war, conquest, and culture in the ancient world.

-- Peter J. Brand

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Egyptians and Nubians
The Problem of Frontiers
Nubia Egypts Primary Sphere of Influence
Plotting in Their Valleys The Unruly Tribesmen
From Chiefdom to State and Back Again The Final Conquest of Kush
The Egyptian Empire in Kush
The Silent Years The Abandonment of Lower Nubia and the Rise of Napata
The Sudan Invades Egypt
The Resistance to Assyrian Expansion
Taharqa the Conqueror
Egypt of the Black Pharaohs
Thebes Under the Twentyfifth Dynasty
The End of the Twentyfifth Dynasty in Egypt
List of Abbreviations

The Invasion of Piankhy
The Twentyfourth Dynasty

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Donald B. Redford is a professor of classics and ancient Mediterranean studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Among his many books are (as editor) The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt and The Oxford Essential Guide to Egyptian Mythology, and (as author) Akhenaten, the Heretic King and Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times.

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