Meroitic art

DEFINITION

Contemporary with early imperial Rome, the Meroitic civilization flourished along the fertile banks of the Nile River in the land of Kush in what is now the Sudan. This African dynasty traded not only with Egypt to the north but also with Greece, Rome, and peoples of the Near East. Consequently, official Meroitic art reflects the absorption of external influences adapted to serve local rulers.An example:Meroitic, Prince Arikankharer Slaying His Enemies, CE 25-41, sandstone, Worcester Art Museum, MA.Also see archaeology.

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