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Amanislo was a king of Kush dating to the middle of the third century BCE.[1]

Monuments and Inscriptions[edit]

Amanislo is mainly known from his pyramid at Meroë. He is buried in Meroe, Beg. S 5. From the position of his pyramid it has been argued that he was the successor of king Arakamani and the predecessor of Amantekha.[1][2]

He is also known from an inscription on a granite lion figure, originally belonged to the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III and now at the British Museum. There is also a column drum, found at Semna perhaps providing his name, although the reading is uncertain.

In modern culture[edit]

Amanislo appears as Amonasro, King of Ethiopia in Verdi's Aida, following the scenario written by Auguste Mariette.


  1. ^ a b c László Török, The kingdom of Kush: handbook of the Napatan-Meroitic Civilization, 1997
  2. ^ Derek A. Welsby, The Kingdom of Kush (Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 1998)


  • Laszlo Török, in: Fontes Historiae Nubiorum, Vol. II, Bergen 1996, p. 568-569, ISBN 82-91626-01-4