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is the language of the population of Nubia and parts of eastern Sudan. It belongs to the eastern Sudanese branch of the Nilo-Saharan family of languages. In Upper Egypt and in northern Sudan, the Nubians speak Nile Nubian (Kenzi, Nobiin and Dongolawi dialects), in eastern Sudan Kordofan-N. with a large number of dialects and Darfur-N. (Meidob, Birgid†). Old N. (precursor of Nobiin) was the language of Nubia at the time of the Christian kingdoms of Nobatia and Makuria (c. 550-1200). It uses the Coptic script with three special characters.  We mainly have theologi…

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Lohwasser, Angelika (Berlin), “Nubian”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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