Kandake amanirenas was a queen of the ancient african kingdom of kush who was best known for skillfully defending her kingdom against the armies of the roman empire. Kandake queens latinised candace of kush forty generation of kushite royals were buried in the pyramids.
When it comes to african rulers in africa women or more commonly warrior queens entertained no nonsense when it comes to enemies of states be it internal or external aggressions.
Kandake queens of kush. The kingdom was a prosperous land ruled from the capital meroe. Amanirenas was probably born between 60 and 50 b c. And was the second of the eight kandakes kandake or candace meaning great woman and the equivalent of queen or queen mother of the kingdom of kush also spelled cush which was located in modern day sudan.
Kandake kadake or kentake often latinised as candace was the meroitic term for the sister of the king of kush who due to the matrilineal succession would bear the next heir making her a queen mother. These queens or queen mothers reigned as sole rulers of kush. Contemporary greek and roman sources treated it incorrectly as a name.
The independently ruling kandakes that we know of were. She had her own court probably acted as a landholder and held a prominent secular role as regent. Shanakdakhete amanirenas amanishakheto amanitore amantitere amanikhatashan maleqorobar and lahideamani.
The kandakes were also known as nubian warrior queens queen regents and ruling queen mothers. Some sources argue that the title kandake specifically means queen mother and that women who held both the title of kandake and king were true independent rulers. There were several female rulers of ethiopia or kush.
There is some uncertainty concerning the true title of the kush queens. But anyway back to the incredible african warrior queens of kush. The name candace is derived from the way the word is used in the new testament.
Understanding the actualized extent of the title may not be possible until kush hieroglyphics are fully deciphered. Kandake was the royal title for queens and queen mothers of the ancient african kingdom of kush which was an ancient nubian state centred on the confluences of the blue nile white nile and the river atbara in what is now the republic of sudan. They controlled what are now ethiopia sudan and parts of egypt.