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Egyptian Pharaoh. The first of Egypt's "Nubian" pharaohs, he came to power in 752 BC and was the founder of the twenty-fifth dynasty. He had been King of Nubia for twenty years when, encouraged by the in-fighting between Egypt's four rival rulers at the time, he invaded Egypt and made them regional governors under his control. The invasion was portrayed as a religious crusade to restore the influence of the God Amun and he legitimised his claim to the throne by taking part in the Opet Festival at Thebes. He secured his influence over the powerful priesthood of Amun by having his sister, Amenidris I, adopted as successor to the Divine Adoratrice of Amun, Shepenwepet I. Once Egypt had been successfully subdued he returned to Nubia from where he ruled Egypt for a further thirty-one years without ever setting foot in the country again. His major building work was the restoration of the Temple of Amun at Gebel Barkel. He died in 721 BC and was buried with his four favourite horses in a pyramid at el-Karru.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 40542371
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Piye (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40542371, citing el-Kurru Royal Burial Ground, Abu Hamad, River Nile, Sudan ; Maintained by Find A Grave .