|Kandake of Kush|
|Queen regnant of Kush|
|Reign||Middle 1st century CE|
Pyramid at Meroë (Beg. N 1)
Amanitore, also spelled Amanitere or Amanitare, was a queen regnant of the Kingdom of Kush, ruling from Meroë in the middle of the 1st century CE. She ruled together with her son, Natakamani. The co-reign of Amanitore and Natakamani is a very well attested period and appears to have been a prosperous time. They may have been contemporaries of the Roman emperor Nero.
Amanitore and Natakamani are known from their tombs and from numerous monuments where the two are depicted together. Older scholars assumed that Amanitore was Natakamani's wife, though they are now conventionally assumed to have been mother and son; an ancient graffito found at the Temple of Dakka strongly suggests that Amanitore was Natakamani's mother.
During their co-reign, only Natakamani was explicitly titled as ruler (qore), with Amanitore being titled only as kandake (queen consort/mother). They are however clearly depicted as co-rulers with equal power given that both are shown with the regalia and attire of kings. Neither Natakamani nor Amanitore are ever attested to have ruled on their own without the other. Amanitore is buried in her own pyramid in Meroë, Beg. N 1. The tomb is approximately six metres square at its base, and not a pyramid in the mathematical sense.
Three crown princes are attested in Amanitore and Natakamani's co-reign: Arikhankharer, Arikakahtani, and Shorkaror. Both Arikhankharer and Arikakahtani are believed to have predeceased Natakamani and Amanitore since only Shorkaror is attested to have become king. The familial relationship between the princes and Natakamani and Amanitore is unknown. Amanitore and Natakamani may based on their chronological position have been preceded by Amanikhabale. They were succeeded by Shorkaror.
Amanitore was among the last great Kush builders. She was involved in restoring the large temple for Amun at Meroë and the Amun temple at Napata after it was demolished by the Romans. Reservoirs for the retention of water also were constructed at Meroë during her reign. The two rulers also built Amun temples at Naqa and Amara.
The quantity of building that was completed during the middle part of the first century indicates that this was the most prosperous time in Meroitic history. More than two hundred Nubian pyramids were built, most plundered in ancient times.
Queen Amanitore quashing her enemies
Pyramid of Amanitore in Meroë
Pyramids built in Meroë differed significantly from those of the Ancient Egyptians
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