Also NOBATIA; called MARIS after its annexation by Maqquria
The smaller of two Christian kingdoms in
Nubia (Sudan). It was absorbed by its larger neighbour
Maqquria, thereafter the
Kingdom of Dongola, in the chaotic mid-VII Century, but
retained considerable autonomy as the "Eparchy of Maris".
church was non-Chalcedonian (miaphysite), whereas the Maqqurian
church accepted the Council. Surprisingly, it was Nobadia's
non-Chalcedonianism which Mercurius,
first important ruler of the united kingdoms, selected as the religion of
the new Empire, and the two main religious centres of mediæval
Nubia, Faras and
Qasr Ibrim, were both in Nobadia.
information about Nobadia after the Union, see the general
Norman Hugh Redington
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