Egypt Nectanebo I







Nectanebo I is the name given by Greeks to the king Nekhtnebef who was the Egypt’s 30th Dynasty’s first ruler. When the army of Persia invaded Egypt in 373 BC under the rule of Pharnabazos, Nectanebo I drove the enemies out of Delta. He was in conflict with very few countries, he built numerous constructions in Egypt and he also decorated most of the representative Egyptians temples. More, Nectanebo I initiated numerous constructions in Mendes and in Sais; during his time, the First Pylon was added to the temple of Amun and many buildings were made in Egypt, to honor different sacred animals. The son of general Djedhor, Nectanebo I was associated with Chabrias (Khabrias), a general from Athens who was the commander of the Greek mercenaries who were the heart of the Hakoris` army in the time of Nectanebo I` s reign. Although Khabrias was called back to Athens in 380-379 BC, it seems that he helped Nectanebo I to rise his power. As regarding his private life, it seems that Nectanebo I was married with Ptolemais (a Greek name) who could have been Khabrias` daughter. He was also married with Udjashu, who offered him a son called Djedhor (Teos). Before he died, Nectanebo I established his son as successor and co-regent. Djedhor succeeded his father in 362 BC but he had to endure much pressure from the one who became Nectanebo II. Although no definite site was found it is supposed that Sebannytos is the place where Nectanebo I was buried. Still, some broken remains of the Nectanebo I`s sarcophagus were recovered in different buildings from Egypt’s capital - Cairo. As style, the sarcophagus is similar to the ones from the 18th Dynasty.



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