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Paanchi[pronunciation?] (meaning "the Living One"), also given as Piankhi[pronunciation?], Piankhy, and Piyi[pronunciation?], (r. 747 BC-716 BC) was an ancient ruler of the kingdom of Nubia. In the 21st year of his reign (c. 727 BC), he conquered Egypt. He adopted the throne name Menkheperre (meaning "[he who] abides the manifestation of the sun god"). Following this conquest, his people the Kushites (Nubians) built pyramids (in fact, more in number than were ever built in Egypt), but smaller and with a sharper inclination than the 52 degrees used by the Egyptians.
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