As Nubia to the south sought separation from Egypt and as Asian invasions of Northeast Alkebu-lan (Africa) increased, Egypt lost control of the Sudan. Kushite society was as spiritual, complex, glorious, productive, artistic and harmonious as Ancient Kemet (Egypt). Located in the Sudan and Northwest Ethiopia, the civilization lasted over thirteen hundred years, which was longer than Roman civilization. Kush’s major cities were Napata, its sacred spiritual center, and Meroe, the political and industrial capital. Along with Rome and Greece, Kush excelled during Mediterranean Europe’s Hellenic (800 – 323) and Hellenistic (323 – 30) ages, and through most of the Greco-Roman period (30 BCE – 476 CE).