). The island formed by the rivers Astapus (Blue
Nile) and Astaboras (Atbarah), and the portion of the Nile between their mouths, was a
district of Ethiopia. Its chief city, also called Meroë, became at a very early
period the capital of a powerful State. The priests of Meroë were closely connected
in origin and customs with those of Egypt; and, according to some traditions, the latter
sprang from the former, and they from India. From Meroë in the eighth century B.C.
sprang the Ethiopian dynasty of Egypt (the twenty-fifth), reigning at Thebes. See Aecyptus;