Pyramids and elephants: the kingdom of Meroë
A lecture in the Oakwood Centre - NOT ONLINE
Date: Saturday 7th May 2022 at 2pm
Venue Oakwood Cebtre In-person only No booking required
By Dr Robert Morkot
There were Kingdoms in Kush from the prehistoric to the Christian period, over five thousand years. Some of these are familiar – the kingdom of Kerma, that threatened Egypt in the 17th and early 18th Dynasties; and the kingdom of Napata which ruled Egypt as the 25th Dynasty; but the kingdom of Meroë still remains less well known. Meroë was a major centre for the ‘Napatan’ kings and came to be the focus of the later phases from around 600BC to 400 AD. Meroë City was only one of the royal residence cities, although it was the focus of the royal pyramid cemeteries. Meroë’s wealth derived from trade in exotic commodities such as ivory, incense, elephants and slaves. Its connections spread northwards to Aswan, east to the Red Sea and south to the upper Nile. This lecture will explore some the facets of this remarkable kingdom.
Cost: Free for Members and £4 Visitors.