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African Curator: Volume I, No. 6
Famous African Queens   Famous African Queens


Among the famous queens featured in this issue is Queen Amanirenas, who was one of the greatest kandakes, or queen mothers, that ruled in partner with Kushite kings. She reigned as early as from about 40 B.C.E. Queen Amanirenas was considered brave and blinded in one eye due to her loyal combat side-by-side with her own soldiers. A roman soldier had swiftly wounded her eye and pierced the vulnerable organ necessary for sight. Her husband was King Teriteqas, who died at the beginning of the war from protecting their territory from the menacing Romans.

In 24 B.C.E., she defended the Kushites against the Romans, who had already taken over Egypt, and were demanding Kush to present tributes, or gifts. In order to stop them, Queen Armanirenas and her son, Prince Akinidad, led attacks on all the Roman forts that bordered Kush. After three years of harsh fighting, the Kushites, led by Queen Amanirenas, signed a peace treaty with the Romans.

Other ancient African queens included in the issue are: Ahmose-Nefertari, Queen Tiye, and Makeda (Queen of Sheba).

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