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Queen Amanirenas: The Nubian Queen Who Defeated the Romans

May 23, 2022

Armed with bravery and clothed in strength was Queen Amanirenas – a fierce woman with impeccable courage; this is the story of Nubian archeress who conquered the Romans from 25 to 21 B.C No man thought to cross her. Once upon a time, in the kingdom of Kush, the region below modern-day Sudan, was Queen Amanirenas: the second Queen of the Kush Kingdom, popularly known as Queen Mother of Kankade. In Kush, archery was not strictly limited to men, but women were allowed to practice it as well. This ultimately led to a large number of Nubian warriors and queens adopting the practice, and amongst them was Queen Amanirenas. She ascended to power when her husband, Teriteqase, passed away in late 25 B.C. The queen was left with her son, Prince Akinidad, to fight the Roman invasion which had begun in lower Nubia (the north of the kingdom). In a moment of fierce determination, the queen would soon become one of the most well-known female rulers of the ancient world. Under her rule, she decided to fight the Roman invaders who had advanced from Egypt, encroaching on the fertile lands…

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