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Lecture 20 november 23, 2009: late period. Dyn 26 descendents of neko (i)->an egyptian who had been brought to ninevah (the assyrian capital) and sent back to sais in egypt to be a loyal vassal of the. Neko s son psamtek i made prince of athribis/tell atrib in delta by assyrians (at that time traditional title heir apparent)->effectively in charge of le. S had been left in hands of nubian governor montuemhat. Psamtek manages to unite le and its libyan princes into accepting his rule (greek leader, lydian ruler gyges, ionian and carrian sw turkey troops) Diplomatically won over s (thebes and its de facto ruler high priest of amun. Montuemhat)->first time egypt had single egyptian ruler in some time. Assyrians too preoccupied w/ other political problems to challenge psamtek s rule. King psamtek i founded naucratis (alexandria) for numerous greek mercenaries in. Egyptians depended on non-egyptians to fight in their army->greeks, libyans,

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