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Emily Butler Section T2 October 11, 2010 “Black Pharaohs” By Robert Draper, National Geographic , February 2008 Most people know nothing about African history. Schools rarely teach anything about Africans before slavery. Many people think that the African culture had no significance in history, and everything was always dominated by whites. However, if they were to read the article “Black Pharaohs” by Robert Draper, they would learn that there was a time when ancient African kings ruled ancient Egypt. The first African ruler to invade Egypt was a man named Piye in the year 730 B.C. The Egyptian civilization was falling apart and being torn apart by petty warlords (Draper 62). Piye’s reighn lasted 35 years until his death, and he was buried in an “Egyptian-style pyramid, with four of his beloved horses nearby. He was the first pharaoh to receive such entombment in more than 500 years” (Draper 62). He was a very powerful ruler of Egypt and even received their sacred burial practices, proving that he had a large influence on this civilization. However, most people know nothing about this mighty king. Racism was not an object in the ancient world. Piye’s dark skin had no influence on Egypt and did not matter. Artwork from many ancient civilizations
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