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The more than 3000 year long history of Ancient Egypt has been divided into 8 or 9 periods sometimes called Kingdoms I will be talking today about the 3rd intermeadiate period and the greek-roman period ofthe acient egyptian dynasties In most history books the period following the New Kingdom is the 3rd Intermediate Period 1070 - 712 or 1070 - 525 composed of the dynasties 21 through 24 or 26 This period followed by the Late Period 712 - 332 or 525 - 332 is often described as a period of decline and chaos It is true that during most of the so-called 3rd Intermediate Period there was more than one centre of power in Egypt in Tanis in the Nile Delta there were the kings from the 21st and 22nd Dynasty who nominally ruled the entire country but who had to share their power with the Theban high-priests or with some other local dynasties such as the 23rd and the 24th This division of power however did not necessarily lead to a division of the country as it had during the 1st and 2nd Intermediate Periods nor did it lead to civil wars or a decline in wealth To the contrary the period so often called 3rd Intermediate Period was a period of relative peace and stability The 21st Dynasty royal tombs unearthed in Tanis are among the richest finds in the history of Egyptian archaeology That the power did not only reside with the king and his entourage was the result of the increasing wealth of private persons such as the Theban high-priests This too is echoed by the immense private tombs found on the Theban West Bank dated to this period I have therefore chosen not to use the name 3rd Intermediate Period and have the Late Dynastic Period immediately follow the New Kingdom What is called the Late Period in most history books has also become part of this
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