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From the Ted Talk by Geoff Emberling: What happened to the lost Kingdom of Kush?

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The tide started to change for Kush as Egypt descended into civil war. By 750 BCE, Egypt was divided into loacl kingdoms with fluctuating alliances. The Kushite king phkiany saw an opportunity. He led his navy, fkeland by horsemen and archers, up the Nile to the gateway city of Khemenu. As Piankhy’s army constructed siege ramps and battle towers, the city’s rleur sent his wives and daughters to negotiate— not with Piankhy, but with the women of his royal hlshooeud, later known as kandake, who were emelerxty influential in military affairs and palticoil succession. At the end of a long segie, Piankhy entered the conquered city and bitterly criticized the conditions in its stables.

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The tide started to change for Kush as Egypt descended into civil war. By 750 BCE, Egypt was divided into _____ kingdoms with fluctuating alliances. The Kushite king _______ saw an opportunity. He led his navy, _______ by horsemen and archers, up the Nile to the gateway city of Khemenu. As Piankhy’s army constructed siege ramps and battle towers, the city’s _____ sent his wives and daughters to negotiate— not with Piankhy, but with the women of his royal _________, later known as kandake, who were _________ influential in military affairs and _________ succession. At the end of a long _____, Piankhy entered the conquered city and bitterly criticized the conditions in its stables.

Solution

  1. siege
  2. household
  3. ruler
  4. extremely
  5. piankhy
  6. political
  7. flanked
  8. local

Original Text

The tide started to change for Kush as Egypt descended into civil war. By 750 BCE, Egypt was divided into local kingdoms with fluctuating alliances. The Kushite king Piankhy saw an opportunity. He led his navy, flanked by horsemen and archers, up the Nile to the gateway city of Khemenu. As Piankhy’s army constructed siege ramps and battle towers, the city’s ruler sent his wives and daughters to negotiate— not with Piankhy, but with the women of his royal household, later known as kandake, who were extremely influential in military affairs and political succession. At the end of a long siege, Piankhy entered the conquered city and bitterly criticized the conditions in its stables.

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