was located on the Nile River. The Nile is formed by
two rivers, the Blue Nile and the White Nile. Like ancient Egypt,
Nubia had two . Lower Nubia was in the north and upper
Nubia was in the south. Lower Nubia had fertile farmlands while
Upper Nubia had a rugged but was rich in minerals.
Nubia and Kush Grow Wealthy
Kush developed cities, trade, a government run by , and
complicated religious beliefs. Nubia grew wealthy from its gold,
iron, and copper mines. Kush was conquered and ruled by
Egypt for over 500 years. Kushites used Egyptian ,
and pharaohs constructed temples for Egyptian gods. A king
of Kush named conquered and ruled all of Egypt for about
50 years. The Assyrians invaded Egypt and drove out the
Life in Kush
As capital of Kush, was the center of a powerful
kingdom for 600 years. At the top of Kush's was
the king or queen. A social pyramid is a triangle-shaped chart
that shows the rank of people in a society. After rulers, priests
and members of the army were next in order of importance.
Below them were and farmers.
were at the bottom of the social pyramid. For centuries the
throne of Kush was passed to the daughter or son of the king's
sister. Kush had a number of queens and priestesses.