Social relationships between Egypt and Kush

Social relationships between Egypt and Kush

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Egypt and Nubia's relationship was built on trade. Egypt had lots of hot and sunny weather and rich soil, but not many trees, minerals, horses, and other resources that were found in Nubia. Ancient Egyptians obtained what they needed from Nubia as well as other neighbors. Egypt usually gave Nubia wheat in return. Egypt and Nubia had always had an uneasy relationship, with Kush usually being under Egypt's thumb. Although they traded with each other, Egypt was the stronger and more powerful kingdom, so they demanded Kush to trade their more valuable things, while Egypt traded things such as wheat. Then Egypt slowly started taking control of these lands to protect this valuable trade. At about 1520 BCE, the Egyptians established control of these southern lands, called Nubia and Kush. As Egypt's control over the area weakened, the kingdom of Kush was established at about 1070 BCE. [Then, under the leadership of Piye(Piankhy), Kush moved north in 747 BCE and conquered Egypt, one city after another. The city of Hermopolis, however, refused to surrender. Piye issued these orders : "Surround the city and capture its people. Let not the peasants go forth to the field, and let not the plowman plow.” For five long months Hermopolis held out against Piye’s army. But when the city’s food supply ran out, its people began to starve. A horrible odor filled the city as dead bodies rotted in the heat. Only then did Hermopolis surrender. When the city fell, Piye declared himself the new pharaoh of a united Egypt and Kush.]

Storyboard Text

  • We love your ebony ! In fact, our thrones are made out of it.
  • No problem. Anytime. We are always happy to trade for your wheat.
  • Yes! That is very true! We also truly value your slaves and gold!
  • I'm starting to think that Nubia is becoming to wealthy and powerful. Also, I suspect they will soon want to stop trading with us. We can't let this happen.
  • I agree. We can't let that happen.
  • Many centuries later....
  • Let's go sucure our control over Kush!
  • We're truly sorry
  • Please! Have mercy!
  • I agree
  • cheers to a bigger and better Egypt
  • I agree
  • You and your ancestors' didn't.
  • Please! Have mercy!
  • I agree
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