Late period

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During the Late Period (circa 712-332 BC), due to the continuous political weakness and instability, apart from a short interval of Egyptian Pharaohs (26th Dynasty known as the Saite Period, 28th-30th Dynasty) the country was under the rule of foreign peoples, from Africa (Nubians – 25th Dynasty) and the Near East (Assyrians 671-664 BC and the Achaemenid Persian Empire, 27th and 31st Dynasties). Art experienced a revival of earlier epochs. The Pharaohs of the Saitic Dynasty maintained close relations with Greek tribes of the Asia Minor coast. Psamtik I used Greek mercenaries in order to expel the Assyrian conquerors from his country, whereas Ahmose II strengthened the ties with the Greeks by ceding to them the city of Naucratis, also granting them the exclusive privilege to control maritime trade.


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