Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Molefi Kete Asante
Waset was the name of the capital of Egypt during the time of its greatest power and glory. Made famous by the kings of the New Kingdom, especially the 18th and 19th dynasties, the city was a magnet for nationals from various other countries in Africa as well as Asia. Waset is the city that was named Thebes by the Greeks and later Luxor by the Arabs, although its ancient name, Waset, was written extensively on the temples and tombs of Kernet. Called “the city of the hundred gates,” Waset embraced its splendor from its deep origins and came to full bloom in the New Kingdom as a city that had lasted for more than 1,000 years as the center of the world. The ruins of Waset form some of the most extensive wonders in the ancient world. Here was a city that was not as old as Men-nefer (Memphis) ...