At Pelusium, when the Persians and Greeks shattered his lines, did Nakhthorheb have any idea that three thousand years of an Egypt ruled by Egyptians was coming to an end? Or that his defeated kingdom was only to suffer ten years under the Persian yoke before being made part of the largest empire the world had ever seen?

The Egyptians had a story in which Nakhthorheb fled the country, fled to Macedonia, and sired Alexander the Great, his eventual successor in secret. I prefer to think he watched the Macedonians parade through the Siwa Oasis from beneath a cloak, and smiled.

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