The One-Eyed African Queen Who Defeated the Roman Empire

“Fuelled by grief and anger, the Kandake [“queen”], now blind in one eye, fought on.” Queen Amanirenas successfully did what few failed to do: fight against the Roman Empire and win. Although she initially marshalled her troops to fight defensively — preventing Rome from permanently annexing Nubia — she went all out on the offense after she lost her husband, her son, and her eye. After driving the Romans back to Primis, she forced Caesar Augustus to sign a treaty that would completely drive them out of her kingdom forever. Read full article here


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