Pyramids and Elephants: The Kingdom of Kush (ARC2128)

15 credits

The Kingdom of Kush lay in the Nile Valley south of Egypt and the savannah of north Sudan. In this module you will explore Kush as supplier of gold, slaves, ivory, and other exotic commodities to Egypt and the Mediterranean World from the Bronze Age to end of the Roman Empire. The emphasis is on the period from 1000 BCE to around 500 AD/CE, during which the Kushite kingdom expanded to dominate Egypt, and its succeeding phase – kingdom of Meroe – which had strong cultural and economic interactions with the Hellenistic and Roman worlds. Although Kush was on the periphery of the ‘Classical’ worlds of Greece and Rome, its archaeology and cultural production reveals a complex blending of indigenous, Egyptian and ‘Classical’ influences.