Nekau II


Nekau II
(reigned 610–595 BC)
   Throne name Wehemibre. Son of Psamtik I. He attempted to stop the growth of Babylonian power by supporting the remnants of the defeated Assyrian army. Nekau defeated the army of King Josiah of Israel, killing the king when the Israelitesattempted to block his forces, but he himself was defeated by the Babylonians at the battle of Carchemish in 609 BC. He was forced to retreat but prevented a Babylonian invasion of Egypt. He attempted to build a canal between the Nile and Red Sea, which was later finished by Darius I.
   See also Psamtik II; Warfare.
Historical Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt by Morris L. Bierbrier

Ancient Egypt. A Reference Guide. . 2011.

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