The Libyan Anarchy: Egypt and Nubia in the Era of Solomon to Assurbanipal

Robert K. Ritner, Oriental Institute
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
7pm, Breasted Hall

For six centuries during Third Intermediate Period, Egypt experienced the third and last of its eras with no single king or capital. The period is also designated The Libyan Anarchy because of the domination of the country by multiple descendants of Libyan mercenaries. Once thought to have been fully Egyptianized, these Libyans retained their native dress, names, and—most importantly—their social customs that reduced the unified Egyptian state into zones of loosely aligned tribal authority until unification under a former Libyan family in the Saite Renaissance.

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