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Preceded by:
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King of Kush
Proto-25th Dynasty
Succeeded by:
Kashta
Alara
Reign ca. 780-760 BC
Nomen
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Alara
Consort(s) Kasaqa
Issue Abar, Tabiry
Died ca. 760 BC
Burial Probably Ku.9, el-Kurru

Alara was a King of Kush during the Third Intermediate Period, who is generally regarded as the founder of the Napatan 25th Dynasty by his Kushite successors. He was a deeply revered figure in Nubian culture and the first Kushite king whose name came down to scholars.[1] Alara unified all of Upper Nubia from Meroë to the Third Cataract and established Napata as the religious capital of Kush, thereby paving the way for his successors to expand northwards into Egypt. Unlike his immediate successors, Alara did not declare himself pharaoh, however, since he never controlled any region of Egypt during his reign. Nubian literature credits him with a substantial reign since later Nubian kings requested that they might enjoy a reign as long as Alara's. His memory was also central to the origin myth of the Kushite kingdom, which was embellished with new elements over time.[1]

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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Török 1997, p. 123.

Bibliography[]

  • Török, L., 1997: The Kingdom of Kush: Handbook of the Napatan-Meroitic Civilization. Handbuch der Orientalistik. Vol. 31. Brill, New York.
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