from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • An ancient city of Nubia near the Fourth Cataract of the Nile River in modern-day Sudan. It flourished during the eighth century BC.


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  • "Without doubt, Queen, this turbulent Rames might think of such things," said Abi, "and so far your dream may be true; yet it should be remembered that at present he is at Napata, which is a very long way off, and has probably only a small army at his command, so why should you trouble about what he thinks?"

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  • "Then you have come to the right place," answered the woman, "for pearls are rare at Napata, which is so far from the sea; also it is said that the young King loves singing if it be good."

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  • I have sent him to Napata, which is very much out of the way -- many months 'journey, I am told. "

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  • With capital at Kerma, Karima (Napata) or Bagrawiyah (Meroe), never did the Cushitic Kingdom expand over territory that was in more recent periods under the control of Abyssinia.

    Open Letter to HRH, Hamad Bin Khalifa al Thani, on Ethiopia

  • After the Assyrian conquest of Egypt, the Kushite Empire continued in Nubia, developing a distinctive culture and urban society with its capital in Napata.

    e. Expansion of the Ecumene

  • Under Napata and Meroë, a syncretistic architectural style developed.

    b. Economy, Technology, Society, and Culture

  • When Taharka died, his son Tenuatamun (664–656) continued the resistance to the Assyrians, but in 663 Ashurbanipal finally defeated Tenuatamun and drove him back to Napata (See 1490–1426).

    f. The Late Dynastic Period (25th-31st Dynasties)

  • About 6000 B.C.E., the Nubian rulers moved their capital from Napata far upstream to Meroë, on a fertile floodplain between the Nile and Atbara Rivers in what is now the Sudan.

    3. Later African Prehistory

  • The 25th Dynasty began as a line of Kushite kings, operating from their capital at Napata (See 1490–1426).

    f. The Late Dynastic Period (25th-31st Dynasties)

  • MEROË (See 591 B.C.E. –350 C. E), the successor to Napata, was the center of a state which engaged actively in trade with the Mediterranean world and was a major producer of iron implements in a developing trade in Africa.

    e. Expansion of the Ecumene


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