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Third Intermediate Period

Following the passing of RAMESSES XI in 1078 BC. Smendes expected power over the northern piece of Egypt. administering from the city of Tanis. The south was successfully constrained by the High Priests of Amun at Thebes, who perceived Smendes in name only.

The third transition period
 The third transition period

During this time, Libyans had been getting comfortable the western delta, and tribal leaders of these pioneers started expanding their independence. Libyan sovereigns assumed command over the delta under Shoshenq I in 945 BC, establishing the supposed Libyan or Bubastite line that would run for exactly 200 years. Shoshenq likewise oversaw southern Egypt by setting his relatives in significant consecrated positions. Libyan control started to dissolve as an opponent line in the delta emerged in Leontopolis, and Kushites compromised from the south.

Around 727 BC the Kushite ruler Piye attacked toward the north, holding onto control of Thebes and ultimately the Delta, which laid out the 25th Dynasty. During the 25th Dynasty, Pharaoh Taharqa made a realm almost as extensive as the New Kingdom's. Twenty-fifth Dynasty pharaohs assembled, or reestablished, sanctuaries and landmarks all through the Nile valley, including at Memphis, Karnak, Kawa, and Jebel Barkal.During this period, the Nile valley saw the main broad development of pyramids (numerous in present day Sudan) since the Middle Kingdom.

Egypt's sweeping glory declined extensively close to the furthest limit of the Third Intermediate Period. Its unfamiliar partners had fallen under the Assyrian range of prominence, and by 700 BC battle between the two states became inescapable. Somewhere in the range of 671 and 667 BC the Assyrians started the Assyrian victory of Egypt. The rules of both Taharqa and his replacement, Tanutamun, were loaded up with consistent struggle with the Assyrians, against whom Egypt partook in a few triumphs. At last, the Assyrians pushed the Kushites back into Nubia, involved Memphis, and terminated the sanctuaries of Thebes.

Late Period (653–332 BC)

The Assyrians passed on control of Egypt to a progression of vassals who became known as the Saite lords of the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty. By 653 BC, the Saite lord Psamtik I had the option to remove the Assyrians with the assistance of Greek hired soldiers, who were enrolled to shape Egypt's most memorable naval force. Greek impact extended significantly as the city-territory of Naucratis turned into the home of Greeks in the Nile Delta. The Saite rulers situated in the new capital of Sais saw a brief however energetic resurgence in the economy and culture, yet in 525 BC, the strong Persians, drove by Cambyses II, started their triumph of Egypt, ultimately catching the pharaoh Psamtik III at the Battle of Pelusium. Cambyses II then expected the proper title of pharaoh, yet governed Egypt from Iran, leaving Egypt heavily influenced by a satrap. A couple of effective rebellions against the Persians denoted the fifth century BC, yet Egypt was always unable to oust the Persians.

Following its addition by Persia, Egypt was gotten together with Cyprus and Phoenicia in the 6th satrapy of the Achaemenid Persian Empire. This first time of Persian rule over Egypt, otherwise called the Twenty-Seventh Dynasty, finished in 402 BC, when Egypt recovered freedom under a progression of local lines. The remainder of these traditions, the Thirtieth, ended up being the last local imperial place of antiquated Egypt, finishing with the authority of Nectanebo II. A concise reclamation of Persian rule, once in a while known as the Thirty-First Dynasty, started in 343 BC, however soon after, in 332 BC, the Persian ruler Mazaces gave Egypt over to Alexander the Great without a fight.

Ptolemaic period (332–30 BC)

In 332 BC, Alexander the Great vanquished Egypt with little opposition from the Persians and was invited by the Egyptians as a deliverer. The organization laid out by Alexander's replacements, the Macedonian Ptolemaic Kingdom, depended on an Egyptian model and situated in the new capital city of Alexandria. 

The city displayed the power and eminence of Hellenistic rule, and turned into a seat of learning and culture, focused at the renowned Library of Alexandria. The Lighthouse of Alexandria lit the way for the many boats that kept exchange moving through the city — as the Ptolemies made business and income producing undertakings, for example, papyrus fabricating, their top priority.

Greek culture didn't replace local Egyptian culture, as the Ptolemies upheld revered customs with an end goal to get the reliability of the general population. They constructed new sanctuaries in Egyptian style, upheld customary cliques, and depicted themselves as pharaohs. 

A few customs converged, as Greek and Egyptian divine beings were syncretized into composite divinities, like Serapis, and old style Greek types of model impacted conventional Egyptian themes. Notwithstanding their endeavors to mollify the Egyptians, the Ptolemies were tested by local defiance, harsh family competitions, and the strong horde of Alexandria that framed after the passing of Ptolemy IV. 

likewise, as Rome depended all the more vigorously on imports of grain from Egypt, the Romans checked out the political circumstance in the country. Proceeded with Egyptian rebellions, aggressive lawmakers, and strong rivals from the Near East made this present circumstance unsound, driving Rome to send powers to get the country as a region of its domain.

Roman period (30 BC – AD 641)

Egypt turned into a region of the Roman Empire in 30 BC, following the loss of Mark Antony and Ptolemaic Queen Cleopatra VII by Octavian (later Emperor Augustus) in the Battle of Actium.

The Romans depended vigorously on grain shipments from Egypt, and the Roman armed force, heavily influenced by a consul selected by the head, suppressed uprisings, stringently implemented the assortment of weighty expenses, and forestalled assaults by scoundrels, which had turned into a famous issue during the period. Alexandria turned into an undeniably significant focus on the shipping lane with the orient, as outlandish extravagances were popular in Rome.

The third transition period

Albeit the Romans had a more threatening demeanor than the Greeks towards the Egyptians, a few practices, for example, embalmment and love of the customary divine beings continued. The craft of mummy likeness thrived, and a few Roman heads had themselves portrayed as pharaohs, however not to the degree that the Ptolemies had. The previous lived external Egypt and didn't carry out the stately roles of Egyptian authority. Nearby organization became Roman in style and shut to local Egyptians.

From the mid-first century AD, Christianity flourished in Egypt and it was initially viewed as another religion that could be acknowledged. In any case, it was a firm religion that tried to win changes over from the agnostic Egyptian and Greco-Roman religions and undermined well known strict customs. 

This prompted the oppression of converts to Christianity, finishing in the extraordinary cleanses of Diocletian beginning in 303, however in the end Christianity won out. In 391 the Christian ruler Theodosius presented regulation that prohibited agnostic rituals and shut temples. Alexandria turned into the location of incredible enemy of agnostic uproars with public and confidential strict symbolism destroyed. 

As a result, Egypt's local strict culture was ceaselessly in decline. While the local populace kept on communicating in their language, the capacity to peruse hieroglyphic composing gradually vanished as the job of the Egyptian sanctuary ministers and priestesses decreased. The actual sanctuaries were once in a while changed over completely to holy places or deserted to the desert.

In the fourth hundred years, as the Roman Empire separated, Egypt wound up in the Eastern Empire with its capital at Constantinople. In the disappearing long stretches of the Empire, Egypt tumbled to the Sasanian Persian armed force in the Sasanian success of Egypt (618-628). It was then recovered by the Byzantine sovereign Heraclius (629-639), and was at long last caught by Muslim Rashidun armed force in 639-641, finishing Byzantine rule.