Thousands of years ago, meroe was a thriving hub of trade and home to some 25,000 residents.
One of his projects resulted in a new road from Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, to the monuments at meroe.
The pyramids of meroe await a day when stability will allow outsiders to peek at a forgotten ancient kingdom.
The presumption is that they represent the old sepulchers of the kings of meroe.
Napata, meroe, and other places have pyramids which may be counted by dozens.
Among these countries, meroe, with its capital of the same name, was celebrated in the days of Herodotus.
meroe itself, like the Egyptian states, was sacerdotal, with a king at its head.
Syene itself is situated about midway between these places, consequently from thence to meroe is a distance of 5000 stadia.
The introduction to the annals of Sargon tells us: "Yaman had misjudged my power; he fled to the borders of the land of meroe."
The people of the country called the place I visited, "meroe" as likewise the whole territory where these ruins are found.