This is Taharqa. He was a Pharaoh of Egypt during the 25th Dynasty and reigned 690–664 BC,

For more than 2,000 years, Egypt was by far the dominating force in the balance of power between itself and its immediate kingdom to the south, Nubia.

But this wasn’t always the case.

Not only was Taharqa a Pharaoh of Egypt but he was also the king of the Kingdom of Kush which was in present-day Northern Sudan.

From around 750 BC, the Nubians upset the balance of power and a streak of Kushite rulers held the throne of Egypt.

When he was in power, Taharqa had his hands full with the Assyrians. They goaded Egypt and there were many battles and a bitter tug of war for power raged.

In 664 BC, Taharqa died at Thebes around the time when the city was being sacked by the Assyrians. The Nubians never regained a foothold in Egypt and were ultimately driven back into Nubia.

It may come as a surprise to many people but ancient Egypt wasn’t always ruled by native Egyptians. Hittites, Assyrians, Nubians, Libyans, Greeks and Romans all added to the glory that is this incredible civilisation.