Rise of the Black Pharaohs

Rise of the Black Pharaohs

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 7:00pm

Re-creation of Piankhy’s army fighting with bows and arrows.

Credit: Courtesy of Hossam Aboulmagd

Learn about the African Kushites who overthrew the ancient Egyptians and ruled for nearly 100 years.

Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known subject state of Egypt, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. This unlikely chapter of history has been buried by the Egyptians and was belittled by early archaeologists, who refused to believe that dark-skinned Africans could have risen so high. Now, in the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually-driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians’. Rise of the Black Pharaohs airs Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World.