The Ancient Libyans and Nubians: The History and Legacy of Ancient Egypt's Most Prominent Neighbors in Africa, Charles River Editors
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The Ancient Libyans and Nubians: The History and Legacy of Ancient Egypt's Most Prominent Neighbors in Africa

Author: Charles River Editors

Narrator: Bill Caufield

Unabridged: 2 hr 26 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Findaway Voices

Published: 03/07/2023

Genre: History - Ancient - Egypt

Synopsis

During the several centuries that ancient Egypt stood as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, civilizations of the ancient world, conflicts with its neighbors often played a central role in hieroglyphic texts and art from temples and tombs. The three primary enemies of the Egyptians were the Libyans who occupied the Western Desert and its oases, the so-called Asiatics who lived in the Levant, and finally the Nubians to Egypt’s south. Among the three peoples, the Nubians were the most “Egyptianized” and at times were integral to the development of Egyptian history. Truly, the Nubians were the greatest of all sub-Saharan peoples in pre-modern times and deserve to be studied in their own right, apart from ancient Egyptian history.

The Canaanites and Nubians received the most attention as Egypt’s enemies and occasional trading partners, but it was the Libyans–the final third of Egypt’s traditional enemies–who influenced later Egyptian culture most. Unlike the Nubians and Canaanites, the Libyans were nearly always at war with the Egyptians. The reasons for the near constant warfare between the Libyans and Egyptians are difficult to discern, but more than likely stem from the fact that Libya was poor in resources, so the Egyptians had little reason to trade with the Libyans. On the other hand, the Libyans coveted Egypt's material wealth. The result was numerous putative campaigns by the Egyptians into Libya and raids by the Libyans into Egypt.

The wars between the Libyans and Egyptians reached a fevered pitch during the New Kingdom when the Libyans organized anti-Egyptian coalitions, and even formed an alliance with the mysterious Sea Peoples. By the Late New Kingdom, Egypt was an armed camp, yet it was ultimately unable to stem the tide of Libyan migration. The Libyans used their numbers to their advantage, eventually conquering Egypt and establishing two dynasties. Their ancestors created another two.

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