The Kingdom of Kush

Handbook of the Napatan-Meroitic Civilization


The individual character of Kingdom of Kush has often been overshadowed by the overwhelming cultural presence of its neighbour Egypt. This handbook in our series "Handbuch der Orientalistik/Handbook of Oriental Studies" for the first time presents a comprehensive survey of the rich textual, archaeological and art historical evidence for this Middle Nile Region Kingdom of Kush.
Basing itself both on the evidence and scholarly literature, this work discusses the emergence of the native state of Kush (after the Pharaonic domination in the 11th century B.C.), the rule of the Kings of Kush in Egypt (c. 760-656) and the intellectual foundations and political history of the Kingdom in the Napatan (7th - 3rd centuries) and Meroitic (3rd century B.C. - 4th century A.D.) periods.
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Biographical Note

László Török, Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Science (1992), is member of the Advisory Board of the Archaeological Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest, and member of the Norwegian Academy of Science. He has published extensively on the history and archaeology of the Middle Nile Region (Nubia) and on Egyptian art in the Hellenistic and Late Antique periods.

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' The author effectively demonstrated that the Napatan-Meroitic civilisation did emerge out of thin air, or that it was merely a reproduction of an Egyptian model. It possessed a solid intellectual foundation and a unique political history. As a reference work for students of the Napatan-Meroitic civilisation, this book is highly recommended.'
Christiaan Nel, Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, 1999.
'The Kingdom of Kush is, however, more than an authoritative reference work. It is also evidence of the profound transformation of Nubian studies during the past three decades, and a synthesis of the multifaceted work of one of the scholars primarily responsible for that transformation…a comprehensive and reliable guide to the goals and achievements of this new discipline. Together with its predecessor, Nubia: Corridor to Africa, it provides an account of the history and culture of Kush that is unrivalled in its depth and sophistication anywhere else in Subsaharan Africa.'
Stanley M. Burstein, Symbolae Osloenses, 2000.


All those interested in Ancient History, Egyptology, African history, Nubian studies, intellectual history and ancient African and Near Eastern art.

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