When Egypt’s New Kingdom collapsed around 1075 BC, it entered a period of decline and chaos that lasted for centuries. First Libyan rule, then Nubian and Assyrian rule marked this period, which finally ended when Psamtek I came to power in 664 BC and unified Egypt once more. Through his efforts to maintain important diplomatic ties, modernize the Egyptian military, and patronize important Egyptian religious institutions, Psamtek I was not only able to consolidate his power, but also to ensure that his dynasty would be fairly long and relatively stable. Because of his policies, Psamtek I saved Egypt from an abyss and became perhaps the most effective pharaoh of the Late Period.
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