Tutor: Robert Morkot


The Kingdom of Meroë lay in the Nile Valley south of Egypt and the savannah of north Sudan. It flourished from the beginning of the first millennium BC until the 5th century AD. The strong trading and cultural links with the Persian Empire, Ptolemaic Egypt and the Roman Empire resulted in complex cultural mixture of African, Egyptian, Greek and Roman influences. Kush was on the periphery of the ‘Classical’ worlds of Greece and Rome, but enjoyed periods of close contact reflected in the archaeology of its cemeteries and towns. This course looks at the surviving monuments of the Meroitic kingdom in Egypt and northern Sudan, and at the rich evidence from the pyramid cemeteries of the rulers.  


Suggested reading:

Edwards, David N. 2004: The Nubian Past: an Archaeology of the Sudan. Routledge.

Morkot, R. 2000: The Black Pharaohs: Egypt's Nubian Rulers. London: Rubicon.

Welsby, D.A. 1996: The Kingdom of Kush: the Napatan and Meroitic Empires. London: British Museum Press.


Location: Exeter, Berkeley House

Timing: Tuesday evenings, 7.00pm – 9.00 pm

10 sessions, starting October 6th

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