How A One-Eyed Queen Beat The Roman Army

Queen Amanirenas
Leslie Taylor-Grover
August 3, 2020

Queen Amanirenas of Kush had already heard the news and was prepared for what was about to happen. Rome’s Caesar Augustus had conquered the Egyptians, and now he was ready to colonize Amanirenas’ kingdom. What could she do?

Her army was a fraction of the size of Caesar’s, so she had to be smart about the impending war. She led her army into Egypt — and surprise attacked the Romans! Her cunning won her the next three battles, and she even managed to deface Roman statues. But it was far from over.

The enormous Roman army soon reorganized and counterattacked, overcoming Queen Amanirenas and her forces — a Roman soldier even plucked out one of her eyes!

Many of her people were enslaved and sold among the Romans. But that’s where it gets interesting.

For three years straight, Amanirenas waged war on the Romans! She came back repeatedly, even after defeats. Though she lost many battles, she NEVER gave up. The Romans eventually signed a peace treaty with Kush! The best part?

They returned all they had taken from the queen and her people. Queen Amanirenas and her kingdom of Kush were left in peace! 

Like this mighty Queen, we must always fight for our liberation and never give up — no matter how long it takes.

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