Egypt of the Saite Pharaohs, 664-525 BC

Egypt of the Saite Pharaohs, 664-525 BC

Roger Forshaw

Print publication date: 2020

ISBN: 9781526140142

Publisher: Manchester University Press


This volume discusses the history, culture and social conditions of one of the less well-known periods of ancient Egypt, the Saite or 26th Dynasty (664-525 BC). In the 660’s BC Egypt was a politically fragmented and occupied country. This is an account of how Psamtek I, a local ruler from Sais in Northern Egypt, declared independence from her overlord, the Assyrian empire, and within ten years brought about the reunification of the country after almost 400 years of disunity and periods of foreign domination. Over the next century and a half, the Saite rulers were able to achieve stability and preserve Egypt’s independence as a sovereign state against powerful foreign adversaries. Central government was established, a complex financial administration was developed and her military forces were reorganised. The Saites successfully promoted foreign trade, peoples from different countries settled in Egypt and Egypt recovered a prominent role in the Mediterranean world. There were innovations in culture, religion and technology and Egypt became prosperous. This era was a major historical success and is often neglected in the literature devoted to ancient Egypt. Egypt of the Saite Pharaohs, 664-525 BC reveals the dynamic nature of the period, the astuteness of the Saite rulers and their considerable achievements in the political, economic, administrative and cultural spheres.